The number of local council staff on six-figure pay packages rose 14% last year thanks to inflation-busting pay rises, campaigners have said.

Government plans to increase taxes on throwing away rubbish will cost council taxpayers an estimated £110million, according to new figures.

The young people of Newcastle will soon have their voices heard at the highest level - as the city becomes the first in the UK to set up an independent Youth Council.

Pensions in the public sector must shift from unsustainable 'final salary' models to a more affordable system, if we are to contain a trillion pound burden on the taxpayer, the CBI said today.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today confirmed that the General Election will be held on the 6 May.

Brown made the announcement after returning from Buckingham Palace where he asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament next Monday.

A 115 metre- tall red steel tower designed by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond has been unveiled as the artistic centrepiece of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Following the departure of the acting chief executive of Doncaster Council, Tim Leader, the deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association, Jo Miller, is to be seconded as the interim chief executive of the authority.

Housing and Planning Minister John Healey will give a boost to rural communities with proposals to give a special planning power to parish councils to build new affordable homes.

Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has confirmed that a partnership of councils in Essex have expressed an interest using world-leading eco-town standards.

Southampton City Council has bought a £25million office block.

Cutting the carbon footprint of street signs and opening up empty business premises for community use, are just two of the radical new plans announced today by Communities Secretary John Denham in response to ideas generated by local communities.

Councils across the country will get a share of a £146million funding pot to plan and deliver new homes, Housing Minister John Healey has confirmed.