The Northern Powerhouse will only succeed if instead of focusing on inter-city rail links, it boosts the productivity of cities that currently lag some 40 per cent behind their European counterparts, a new report has argued.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has criticised shadow home secretary Andy Burnham's claim that the role of metro mayor is a "cabinet-level job, which needs cabinet-level experience" as "ignorant and insensitive".

A council chief executive contacted the police after draft plans for the development of a marina on the site of civic offices and a leisure centre were leaked to the local press.

George Osborne's Budget on 16 March new included three new devolution deals, the permanent doubling of small business rate relief, proposals to convert all schools to academies by 2020 - and another £3.5bn in public spending cuts by the end of the

North Lanarkshire Council has reached a settlement with union members in a long-running dispute over equal pay claims for around 200 employees.

A running event has closed permanently following a council's decision to introduce a charge for the use of a park near Bristol.

The UK's first-ever council solar bonds have sold out a month early, raising £1.8m.

The bonds, issued by Swindon Borough Council and peer-to-peer lending platform Abundance, were sold directly to the public for a minimum £5 investment to fund Swindon Community Solar Farm.

The council is co-investing £3m to build the 5MW solar farm on publicly owned land at Common Farm, Wroughton.

Barnsley MBC has become the first council in England to cut summer holidays for schools to less than five weeks.

"Bed blocking" that prevents the discharge of patients who no longer need acute hospital treatment could last for up to five more years because of building pressures on social care, the head of the NHS has told MPs.

MPs have launched an inquiry into the financial sustainability of adult social care and the quality of services provided by local authorities.

Some people using personal budgets for their care are not getting genuine choice or control and there are concerns that councils cannot fully personalise services while seeking to save money, MPs have said.

North Somerset Council has voted to reject a £1bn devolution deal that would have created a combined authority and metro mayor for the West of England.