Croydon Borough Council and the public private infrastructure provider John Laing have today formally signed a partnership to create a £450million joint venture to regenerate significant sites across Croydon town centre.

Essex County Council has come up with a plan to ease the credit crunch for local SMEs - it is to create its own bank.

New figures out today suggest that ‘cyber cynicism’ is taking hold across the local government sector, as employers fail to capitalise on the business benefits offered by technology.

Councils across London have received £168.3million of funding for local improvement schemes.

Local authorities will share £9million of extra funding to help them better manage their roads, bridges and other assets, Transport Minister Paul Clark announced today.

Three senior staff at Haringey Council have been suspended after a damning report into the authority's handling of the Baby P case.

Over 30,500 votes have been cast at 150 polling stations across Kent to elect 48 young people as members of the Kent Youth County Council. The results were announced to the candidates at a special ceremony held at County Hall, Maidstone on Saturday 29 November.

Children's Secretary Ed Balls has ordered tougher inspection regimes for child protection services across the country following the Baby P tragedy.

Local authorities will be required by law to consider taking early action if a school is under-performing under new plans unveiled today.

The majority of local authorities in England are failing adults with autism, a survey by the National Autistic Society today found.

New measures proposed in the Policing and Crime Bill will give councils greater powers to decide where lap-dancing clubs can open.

A new scheme aimed at helping people who suffer a temporary loss of income stay in their home, has been announced by the Government.