Oxfordshire council is at the centre of a row concerning its announcement it will close more than half of its children’s centres.

Pembrokeshire council is set to approve a planning application submitted by Pembrokeshire Housing Association, in a move that could boost affordable housing in the area.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change the way local authorities help children in care.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has rejected a ‘blanket ban’ on parents taking their children out of school in order to go on holiday, following a recent High Court ruling.

Durham County Council has approved plans to terminate the 2,700 teaching assistant contracts and employ the teaching staff on new agreements with different terms and conditions.

Leaders from councils and universities will work together on a pilot project to drive local growth, re-design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions.

Efforts to reduce smoking in England are being undermined by black market cigarettes, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Following weeks of resistance in the House of Lords, the new Housing and Planning Bill has received Royal Assent.

The government has launched a consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury, in a move it claims will modernise lending to local authorities.

New research by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that housing allowances are not keeping up with rents in the private sector.

Members of the public across the five biggest city regions due to introduce metro mayors support the idea, according to new polling published by Centre for Cities.

Oxfordshire County Council is considering how local government can be reorganised to reduce costs and protect services, including the option to become a unitary authority.

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