PLANS to create a single "super council" for East Kent have been put on hold after Shepway District Council voted to pull out.

BARNET Council's housing service has systematic problems, the Local Government Ombudsman has said after investigating the case of a woman who was turned away five times and left homeless because the authority failed to review her situation properly.

SEGREGATION along ethnic and socio-economic lines has reached worrying levels at thousands of schools, and the problem is increasing in some areas, according to new report.

COUNCILS must have "full flexibility" over how they use the £2bn in extra social care funding announced in the Budget, the Local Government Association has said.

MAJOR road investment projects may have to be scrapped because they do not provide value for money, the National Audit Office has said.

"SMALL TOWN England" will need radical devolved powers over areas including tax, planning and labour market freedoms in order to revive "moribund" economies and make a success of Brexit, a think tank has argued.

SMART technologies and greater collaboration with both citizens and organisations will be vital if councils are to achieve the "genuinely radical outcomes" needed to deal with future challenges, a think tank has said.

ALMOST 9 out of 10 councils fear the rollout of Universal Credit will exacerbate homelessness at a time when many are already struggling to accommodate those in need, according to a new report.

ROTHERHAM MBC is to regain control over more powers, including adult social care, economic growth and partnership work with the NHS, DCLGhas announced.

FUNDING cuts are forcing councils to shift the focus of children's social care away from prevention and early intervention to dealing with those already at crisis point, leading to more children being taken into care, according to a new report.