The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for employment support funding to be allocated to councils and not Jobcentre Plus (JCP), the national agency in charge of getting people into work.

Coastal Communities Minister Andrew Percy has announced that a further 28 new ‘Coastal Community Teams’ will be set up across the country and tasked with producing radical economic plans which create jobs along the shore.

A councillor working group has been set up to consider the consolidation of two of Aberdeenshire Council’s largest office buildings.

Surrey County Council has confirmed it is seeking to increase council tax by 15 per cent, a move which could lead to a county-wide referendum, in a bid to plug a gap in social care costs.

Glasgow City Council has pledged to provide at least 10 per cent of its workforce to helping mentor vulnerable children and young people.

A proposal has been published calling for Oxfordshire six councils to be abolished and replaced by one county-wide local authority.

Poole Council has scrapped plans for a £250,000 revamp of its civic centre after widespread criticism.

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has announced that councils are to receive a further £48 million funding to help them deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District councils have submitted proposals to abolish the county’s five councils and create two unitary authorities.

New research from the Liberal Democrats has found that over 105,000 people have been on social housing waiting lists for five years.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the start of a ‘phased return’ of powers to Tower Hamlets Council.

More than 200 authorities have opted to join the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA), set up to manage council auditing contracts.

Flintshire Council has voted to buy back a collection of former council houses, in report which confirmed the move was necessary to plug a growing gap in affordable homes.

New research from Rural England has highlighted that rural communities are suffering from a ‘patchy’ provision of key services and has called for more to be done to fill the gaps.

Property Partner has suggested that the 22,000 empty council-owned garages in London could be turned into 16,000 one bed flats.

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