The Local Government Ombudsman has called for councils to consistently apply planning rules when considering applications for building on the Green Belt.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that new figures suggest diabetes has become one of the fastest growing challenges the UK is facing.

Trade union Unite has called for local authorities to be held accountable for the way in which they use cash reserves, in a 14-point campaign.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed that local authority fraud defences have saved councils around £271 million, over the last financial year.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has warned that the government’s decision to increase council tax by two per cent, has failed to plug the gap in care spend.

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.

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