Brighton & Hove City Council is to transform the way it provides services, putting the public’s needs at the heart of planning and delivery.

Eric Pickles has called time on the restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon.

Dame Margaret Eaton, Sir Jeremy Beecham and Shireen Ritchie have been appointed to the House of Lords.

Responding to the appointment John Ransford, chief executive of the Local Government Association Group, said:

Torbay Council is looking for a private sector partner to help deliver regeneration schemes in a 20 year joint venture.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today announced a package of measures to turn around Doncaster Council, following an Audit Commission report that the local authority is not properly run, is failing, and lacks the capacity to improve.

Birmingham City Council’s head of communications has left the authority.

Davis was appointed to the position of director of public affairs and communications at the city council in January 2007.

Plans to build a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site have been scrapped, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today.

The Ricoh Arena, the home of Coventry City Football Club, has been chosen as one of the football venues for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A local authority and its contractor have been fined after a worker left a family exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres for three days.

People wanting to do their bit to help the environment are being encouraged to make carbon reduction pledges through a Birmingham City Council-backed website.

More than 1,100 schools have applied for academy status, education secretary Michael Gove has announced.

Last week Mr Gove called on schools to take their funding direct from Westminster and move away from council control.

State schools have been subjected to more than 1,300 pages of central government legislation in the past decade, weighing them down in bureaucracy and paperwork, according to new analysis from the Local Government Association Group.