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.

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.

Northumberland County Council has backed controversial plans to open a surface mine close to nature reserve.

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.

The government will invest £320 million over the next five years to take low carbon heat and supply it to keep homes and businesses warm.

Barking and Dagenham Council has launched its own ‘right to invest’ plan, to enable tenants to buy a stake in their home.

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

850,000 new jobs could be available in the north of England because of the Northern Powerhouse devolution programme, review says.

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