A consultation on the re-inspection of children’s services rated inadequate has just closed, and the LGA has warned that Ofsted is ‘falling significantly short’ of helping providers to improve.

Over 100 council leaders in England have backed the government’s plans to devolve powers regarding Sunday trading hours, enabling councillors to decide the opening hours of their area.

According to a study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, local councillors have received £699 million in allowances over the past three years.

The Department for Education (DfE) has revealed plans for a new national school funding formula to amend the uneven distribution of funding.

Communities Minister Mark Francois has announced that the UK’s struggling seaside towns are set to receive a significant cash boost of £800,000 which will be divided between eight coastal communities.

South Derbyshire District Council has rejected the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal.

A Local Government Ombudsman investigation has requested that Bolton Council review its school admissions process, following a complaint.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a review into the ‘unnecessary burdens’ caused by the way that local authorities regulate businesses.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned that plans compelling councils to sell off high-value social housing is likely to disproportionately affect older and disabled people.

According to VICE, results from a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests suggest that councils are using certain laws to prosecute homeless people.

Funding for early intervention services for children is expected to face cuts of up to 71 per cent, according to a new report.

There is significant disparity in growth between northern and southern cities despite increased investment to develop a Northern Powerhouse, a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has warned.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning that relaxed planning permissions could allow mobile phone masts in excess of 50ft to be built in beauty spots and historic locations.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called upon the government to grant councils the authority to fine reckless and irresponsible lorry drivers, who are found to cause 'chaos' in rural communities.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has once again called for greater powers for local councils to ensure that every child has a secondary school place.

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