Forest Heath District Council has announced it has purchased one of the largest council owned solar farms in the UK, in a move that is expected to bring in an annual income of up to £700,000.

The Communities and Local Government Committee has said that local authorities should ensure whistleblowers are taken seriously, to prevent incidents such as those at Tower Hamlets and Rotherham, from repeating themselves.

According to a report by the Wales Audit Office (WAO) Welsh councils have increased their financial reserves by £244 million between 2009-2014, despite cuts to their main source of income.

Wigan council has launched a new fully-funded eighteen month fitness programme in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

During a visit to the Calais refugee camp, councillors have said that ministers and party leaders need to improve their treatment of child refugees.

Aberdeen City Council has agreed plans to set up arms-length energy company, which will manage all the local authority’s energy-related activity.

Oxford councils have published re-organisation reports in a bid to develop consensus about governance arrangements to support a devolution deal.

A select committee report has claimed that councils are sending away homeless people without any meaningful guidance.

Leading doctors and councils have labelled the government’s strategy to tackle childhood obesity in England as ‘weak’.

North Lanarkshire Council has pledged to build 1,000 new homes, as part of the ‘biggest single investment in council houses for a generation’.

A report by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has found that the number of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third in the last decade.

Hampshire County Council has been fined £100,000 after social care files containing sensitive data about adults and children were discovered in a former council building.

Liverpool City Council is considering plans to limit the number of fast food takeaways in the region, in a bid to reduce the number of people becoming obese.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has advised that councils should be more involved in the process of assessing the needs of child migrants in Calais before they arrive in the UK.

To become more inclusive Oxford City Council has approved plans to add the gender neutral title ‘Mx’ to its official forms.

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