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.

Library

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.

Councils are calling for the freedom to manage their own planning fees, after research emerged suggesting that £450 million was spent over the past three years to cover the cost of processing applications.

According a new study by think tank Centre for Cities, local leaders have the capacity to act more in order to capitalise on the growth of city centres.

Levy on late night alcohol sales

Plymouth City Council is considering a late night levy for businesses that sell alcohol after 1:00am.

Islington Council has announced plans to ensure that all charities or voluntary groups it helps fund to pay their employees a Living Wage.

Councils have been urged to test their disaster recovery plans after new research has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of city councils have not tested plans in the past year.

A new online resource has been set up to help local authorities spot the negative impacts housing conditions can have on health.

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