Rotherham Council is set to recruit 40 new social workers in a bid to help reduce its agency staff bill.

A number of staff employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council have been affected by a delay in their wages being paid into their bank accounts.

The Scottish Greens Party has published figures showing that 32 councils owe a total of £11.5 billion to banks and a scheme set up by the UK Treasury.

A new report by ASH and Cancer Research UK has warned that Stop Smoking Services across England are facing ongoing budget cuts after six in ten local authorities (59 per cent) were forced to reduce their funding in the last year.

Nottingham City Council has been given the green light to iGas to explore for shale gas in the East Midlands.

A new six-month pilot scheme launched by Croydon Council will see three local communities given more responsibility for services.

Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils have voted in favour of the West of England devolution deal.

The LGiU has warned that more independent local government with clear powers and vision is needed post Brexit.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne has made £250,000 of ‘small grants funding’ available to boost diverse communities across the country.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns over cuts to bus services, highlighting the reduction could isolate families in rural areas.

Swindon Council has responded to an open Ofsted letter which criticised the ‘poor performance’ of the city’s schools, claiming it did not recognise the claims.

Preston Council has approved plans for Tram Power Ltd to build a pilot tram line, costing £1 million.

Devon County Council and East Devon District Council have approved plans to create a business-friendly enterprise zone.

Government funding totalling £18 million is being offered to councils in England to speed up building of up to 800,000 new homes on large developments.

Liverpool City Council is considering a move to increase council tax by 10 per cent in order to fund adult social care and children’s services, following cuts to its budget.

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