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.

The annual IT Margins Benchmarking study has highlighted that local authorities are being charged up to 11 times too much for IT purchases, as a result of excessive margins by suppliers.

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have revealed that councils’ spending in England will fall by one per cent in 2016-17.

Lincoln Council has approved proposals to charge 20p to use its public toilets as part of plans to combat government funding cuts.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over the oversight of devolution deals in England, warning that plans for proper accountability are not yet in place.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has backed proposals for a Solent combined authority.

Arun, Chichester and Horsham District Councils are exploring plans to share services in a bid to save £2 million a year and improve services.

Official figures have shown that councils are planning to use £1.9 billion of cash reserves in order to fund services for the next financial year.

Cornwall Council has called on the government to assure it that it will replace the funding it received from the EU with further investment.

Following the news that the UK has voted to leave the EU, council leaders have warned that the Local Government Pension Scheme could fall in value.

Welsh government figures have shown that Wales had an £86 million black hole of unpaid council tax, at the end of the financial year.

In an attempt to save £230,000 in salary costs, the City of York Council is contemplating reorganising its senior management structure.

Sadiq Khan has said that he will review the capital’s housing zone scheme in an attempt to bring about the availability of affordable housing.

A report has called on local government to make land available for groups who desire to establish cohousing communities.

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