A small number of councils are at risk of financial or service failure, a report published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton has cautioned.

Figures published by the Kings Fund suggest that a two per cent increase to fund social care would raise a lot less than the £2 billion figure claimed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Plans to make the Midlands an ‘engine of growth’ by creating 300,000 jobs in addition to boosting the national economy by £34 billion has been unveiled at the University of Birmingham.

Councils planning to save money by cutting the length of the primary school week are to be banned from enforcing the cuts.

Councils are seeing increased costs from the rising number of public health funerals, according to a Freedom of Information request by BBC Local Radio.

Scottish Parliament has called for local authorities to maximise the opportunities presented through pension funds to improve local infrastructure.

Housing experts have denounced the government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy, claiming forcing social housing tenants with higher incomes to pay more in rent will discourage them from increasing their earnings.

MP’s have agreed a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as a measure to tackle child obesity in England.

Lancashire County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council have both announced plans to generate significant savings by losing staff.

The Financial Conduct Authority have approved plans to pool £25 billion of local authority pension funds.

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) has warned that planned cuts to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) budget will mean councils losing out and only being able to provide basic services.

A new report published by the RAC has found capital spending on local roads in England to be at its lowest level for over a decade. 

The Highland Council is contemplating a proposal to reduce its working week to four and a half days.

George Osborne has revealed that councils will be given even more powers over decision making in their local areas as part of his Spending Review and Autumn Statement.

A report conducted by the Trade Union Congress (TUS), for the Fabian Society, has outlined where public spending cuts have undermined service quality by reducing provision and increasing waiting times for critical services.

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