The closure of local library services due to funding cuts could be breaking statuary duties, enshrined in legislation dating back to 1850, according to trade union Unite.

A new report published by the Law Commissions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has criticised the UK’s electoral law as out-of-date and calls for regulations to be replaced with more modern and rational legal framework.

A number of MPs have criticised councils for not consulting the public enough about its devolution plans, and have called upon local authorities to operate with better transparency with regard to their new powers.

Plans are in place to give control of Sunday trading laws over to councils, allowing them to prioritise high streets and city centres.

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has announced that the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester is due to be elected on Thursday 4 May 2017.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

Plymouth City Council has introduced a number of parking spaces designed specifically for people caring for those with dementia.

GMB has warned Wandsworth and Richmond councils that its move to issue statutory notices threatening to make 3,578 council staff redundant will only alienate workers.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for transitional support for councils in light of recent funding changes.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is calling on Scotland’s political parties to put the reform of local government finance at the top of their policy agendas for May’s election.

Local authorities in the South West have called for an increased rate of devolution in order to help boost the economy in their region.

Local leaders will be able to take control of their own affairs after the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent today, 28 January.

Havering council has become the first publicly-elected body in Britain to vote in favour of exiting the European Union.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has proposed that councils should be fined up to £5,000 a day for leaving roadworks unmanned during the weekends.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for the freedom to increase council tax to help improve health and care outcomes for their citizens.

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