Oxfordshire County Council is considering how local government can be reorganised to reduce costs and protect services, including the option to become a unitary authority.

According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), family members employed by MPs are paid on average £5,600 more than other staff.

In a report, Civitas has urged local authorities to take on a ‘more muscular’ approach to managing ethnic and religious diversity.

Oxfordshire County Council has appointed accountancy firm Grant Thornton to identify what new model of local government should be established in the county.

Despite the government’s U-turn on academisation, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has maintained that some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to covert to academies, if the are deemed as ‘unviable’.

Projects around the country have been awarded a share of £700,000 to restore coastal landmarks to their former glory.

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the proposed draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

The chief executive of Barnet Council has stepped down following issues on 5 May’s local elections that saw voters turned away from polling stations.

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a new £15 million fund will be made available for councils to bid for, to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

According to a Freedom of Information request (FoI) by specialist lawyers Simpson Millar, over 100 local authorities have failed to produce a plan to help children with special educational needs (SEN) transition to secondary school.

Lutterworth council has rejected a controversial plan to build 250 homes on valuable farming, despite not having a five-year supply of housing land.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to create a more flexible minimum standard of broadband speed across the country to stop thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone’.

Many voters are unaware of the European Union’s (EU’s) impact on public services in the UK, according to new poll commissioned by the Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Limiting the use of lifetime tenancies will help to reduce inequality by better supporting minority groups, according to a recent impact report from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

According to housing charity Shelter, the government’s Right to Buy extension is likely to cost the average council in England £26 million per year to fund.

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