Sutton Council has introduced new ‘ballot bins’ designed to encourage smokers to put their cigarette butts in bins instead of on the floor.

Councils expect homelessness to increase and housing waiting lists lengthen, according to a survey published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson is expected to sign up to a package of measures which aims to have 5,000 more electric vehicles (EV) on its roads by 2020.

An investigation by the BBC has found that almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have been lost over the last six years, leading to fears over the future of the profession.
Over the same period, around 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries closed.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has questioned the lack of accountability for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), claiming that they are ‘not as transparent to the public as we would expect’.

A revised local government counter fraud and corruption strategy has been launched to help councils tackle fraud in their areas.

Money invested through the Coastal Communities Fund has protected or created around 18,000 jobs in seaside towns across the UK, according to new government analysis.

Pay negotiations for local government staff have stalled as Unison and Unite have both rejected the ‘final’ pay offer from council employers.

Lord Kerslake has labeled the implementation of devolution across the UK as 'piecemeal and incoherent’ in a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution.

The 2003 Licensing Act is commonly interpreted to the advantage of the licensed trade, causing ‘significant problems’ for councils, according to a report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS).

The Local Government Obudsman (LGO) has published a report outlining that delays in processing the Disabled Facilities Grants has left disabled people in unsuitable homes for too long.

The Auditor General for Wales has commended improvements in the delivery of end of year accounts, but warns that improvements are needed in the financial management of Welsh councils.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to issue a ban on junk food advertising near schools, nurseries and children’s centres, in a bid to tackle child obesity.

Chancellor George Osborne reaffirmed the government’s commitment to devolution in the 2016 Budget, telling MPs that ’the devolution revolution is taking hold’.

Isle of Anglesey County Council has become the latest council in Wales to apply to suspend the Right to Buy scheme.

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