Culture minster Matt Hancock has warned that councils ‘are choosing’ to make arts cuts.

Rugby Borough Council has reduced its annual waste collections by 49,591 in 12 months by using smart bins.

Birmingham City Council is facing a budget overspend of £49 million, requiring further savings of £78 million to balance the 2017-18 budget.

The 2016 Good Growth for Cities index has shown that the majority of the UK’s cities are now outperforming their pre-financial crisis peak.

Despite concerns from county leaders, the government has reiterated its commitment to directly elected mayors, labelling them a ‘real red line’.

The Scottish Borders Council has approved an ambitious five year strategy for further developing and expanding cycle tourism in the area.

Hounslow Council has started implementation of a digital customer service strategy, by selecting a cloud based ‘real-time’ case management system by UK based software company, Jadu.

A new report from manufacturers’ organisation EEF has advised that councils should be given financial incentives to merge, such as limiting business rates retention to combined and unitary authorities.

The Nuffield Trust, King's Fund and Health Foundation have issued a joint plea to ministers warning that the care sector was facing a funding shortage which was so significant there is a risk families may take legal action.

Conwy Council is offering yoga classes to employees during working hours to help reduce days ‘lost’ as a result of back problems.

The Scottish Borders Council has opposed plans to expand the Fallago Rig near Lauder, after a six year opposition campaign.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has assured that local authorities have stocked up with grit well in advance to prepare for icy weather.

Lancashire County Council is in the process of considering 50 offers from community groups bidding to run services which the local authority has announced it will no longer be able to afford.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has released a statement urging people not to make appointments to see their GP unnecessarily, over coughs and colds and to instead consider pharmacies or NHS websites for help.

Cardiff Council has announced it is planning cuts to generate £17 million in savings as part of a wider measure to raise £25 million to balance its books.

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