Children services at Birmingham City Council are due to be taken over by a trust, after Ofsted inspectors branded the service a ‘national disgrace’.

North Yorkshire Council has voted to approve a fracking operation, the first to be approved in England since a ban was lifted in 2012.

Cities need a wide range of fiscal freedoms in order to deliver economic growth, a new report from Core Cities UK and Metro Dynamics argues.

According to research conducted by Shelter, a number of councils are unlawfully moving homeless families into temporary accommodation outside their own boroughs.

Members of the GMB union at Glasgow City Council have voted to strike over changes to working arrangements, which they claim could cost each worker up to £500 per year.

District councils in Oxfordshire have scrapped plans to create four unitaries that would split out into neighbouring Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

Sport England has pledged to spend £250 million as part of a new strategy to tackle inactivity across the country.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for urgent reform of the business rates appeals system, claiming that money set aside to cover the risk of appeals could be better used for local services.

Suffolk County Council has allocated £10 million worth of funding from its reserves for three million square metres of new road surfacing.

According to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), organisations which sign up to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) underestimate the extent of the obligations involved in becoming a member.

Ludlow is expected to lose a number of its public services, after it was announced that Shropshire Council would be withdrawing from discretionary services amid financial concerns.

The government’s commitment to increased devolution of powers to local areas, including the Northern Powerhouse, was included in the Queen’s Speech.

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) has called for the police to investigate alleged fraud over Thanet District Council’s use of a European Union grant.

Members of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board have confirmed their support for the proposed devolution agreement for the area.

Plans to restructure local government in Hampshire into a unitary council have been criticised as being ‘unwieldy’.

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