High streets across the country risk becoming 'ghost towns' unless urgent action is taken to fill empty shops created by the recession, town hall leaders have warned.

A lack of preparation and coordination between the boroughs, Transport for London (TfL) and the emergency services meant that the capital was ill-prepared to deal with the snow early last month, despite forecasts warning of its severity.

Ministers have today welcomed a new report which sets out measures to support councils' efforts to boost employment in their areas.

West Somerset Council has given the green light to ground-breaking plans to transform the local economy through investment in business start-ups, jobs and training.

The London section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, High Speed One, has won the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson's Award for Planning Excellence at the London Planning Awards.

Eight local council websites have received a top rating in an annual survey by Socitm, the professional association for public sector ICT managers.

Local Government Minister John Healey has today announced more support for councils to deliver equal pay for thousands of workers.

Council leaders are today launching the first national campaign to recruit social workers.

Council leaders have reacted with dismay to the decision of ACAS arbitrators to make an additional pay award of 2.75 per cent, an increase of 0.3 per cent over what was paid last October, to local government staff warning that jobs may now have to be cut to pay for the award.

Local authorities across England are celebrating after being awarded Beacon status at a prestigious awards ceremony and gala dinner.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) needs to grow into a "big hitter" if it is to effectively deliver key policies, accordig to a committee of MPs.

Boris Johnson has today revealed the top-ten winning parks, which thousands of Londoners have voted to each receive a £400,000 makeover.