The newly elected chair of London Councils, Claire Kober, has called for further power and resources to be devolved from Whitehall to London’s local government, in order to protect Londer’s public services and quality of life.

Somerset County Council has approved a deal to allow its services for adults with learning disabilities to be run by an external organisation.

Gwynedd Council is overseeing plans to introduce a major shake-up of education in the area, with particular focus to the way in which schools are managed.

Sutton Coldfield Town Council has called on Birmingham City Council to provide £3 million to restore a crumbling town hall to enable it to host events and performances.

The proposal to devolve further financial powers to London has gained the support of Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

A new enquiry has been launched to explore the impact of funding cuts on local parks and possible funding models to be used in the future.

Neighbourhood Plans continue to gather interest with the news that the initiative has now broken through the 200 mark.

Decaying seaside towns could get a tourism boost after a camping for the creation of a seaside tsar.

Bolton council has announced proposals to close 13 children’s centres in a bid to save £1.5 million.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised Bradford, Birmingham and Luton councils for doing little to trace pupils which go missing from mainstream schools.

Portsmouth City Council has expanded its UK property portfolio with the purchase of £12.4 million parcel distribution warehouse, near Birmingham, as part of a drive to generate more income.

A report by Citizens Advice has accused councils in England of being too quick to resort to sending in bailiffs to recover council tax debts.

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has shown that around a third of councils in England have spent additional money topping up government housing benefits, in order to make up for new welfare changes.

Communities secretary Greg Clark has confirmed he is ‘impressed’ with a devolution bid for Leicester and Leicestershire which lacks proposals for a directly elected mayor.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a report stressing the importance of councils working together with health professionals to promote good mental health in children.

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