With the wintery weather affecting most parts of the country, councils have stockpiled 1.2 million tonnes of salt in preparation for further weathe

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published figures showing that England’s 444 local authorities hold £22.5 billion in non-ringfenced reserves.

A review has been launched to ensure that local communities benefit from development in their area.

Flintshire County Council has opted to suspend the Right to Buy scheme in its area due to a shortage of social housing.

Andy Street, the managing director of John lewis, has been appointed as the lead non-executive director at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The West Midlands has won a devolution deal, receiving £1.2 billion in spending power from the government which it will use over the next 30 years.

A new report, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has argued that English counties risk being obstructed from the devolution process due to the government’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Research conducted by iGov has found that 39 per cent of local authorities are seriously considering investing in e-invoicing within the next year.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Ofsted has identified 15 illegal schools operating without the knowledge or consent of its local council.

Research conducted by the trade union GMB shows councils plan to cut nearly 12,000 jobs in order to meet 2016-17 budget plans.

Chancellor George Osborne will review the wages of senior council staff, after an investigation found that nearly 3,500 earned more than £100,000 in 2013-14.

The government has announced £1.5 million funding to convert unused areas into small green spaces, known as ‘pocket parks’.

Four government departments have agreed to reduce their spending by an average of 30 per cent over the next four years.

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Devon County Council is set to outsource the running of its libraries to ‘secure the future of Devon’s library service’ and ensure it remains economically viable.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to reform its electoral process after a series of issues with the management of the May elections.

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