Whitehall does not have the "capacity or local knowledge" to exercise proper oversight of academies and councils should be given the power to intervene where necessary to ensure standards improve, the Local Government Association has argued.
The cost of the Coalition's flagship free school programme has trebled to £1.5bn, with each individual school costing more than double the Department for Education's (DfE) original estimates, according to the National Audit Office.
Government cuts to a grant scheme to help councils clean up land contaminated by chemicals and waste will make it impossible for local authorities to find and remediate toxic sites that are potentially harmful to local residents, it has been claim
London Councils has call on the Government to ditch an "outrageous" plan to give New Homes Bonus funding to the London Local Enterprise Panel, which it claims is effectively a £70m cut for the capital's local authorities.
Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has warned the "jaws of doom" facing the authority - the projected gap between expenditure pressures and grant reductions - have widened significantly in the past year and whole services may have to b