Supported housing must be exempt from the housing benefit cap or some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society could be left with nowhere to live, councils have warned.

The chief executive of Winchester City Council has announced he is stepping down after 13 years.

Simon Eden will officially leave the authority in September.

Richmond and Wandsworth councils have appointed Capita Local Government to provide a new joint finance system and a range of transactional services.

London Councils has re-elected Hackney mayor Jules Pipe as its chair.

Pipe has been chair of the body, which represents London's 32 boroughs and the City of London, since 2010.

Council cuts have been blamed for a 32 per cent increase in bed blocking in England since 2011-12.

The Government has failed to provide a long-term plan to manage flood risk and is allowing critical defences to decline, with MPs saying communities "deserve better".

Better Care Funding should be brought forward from the end of the decade to tackle delayed transfers of care that cost the NHS over £800m last year, county leaders have argued.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has appointed Ashley Ayre to succeed Dr Jo Farrar as its chief executive.

Ayre joined the council in July 2006 and is currently its strategic director for people and communities.

Barnsley Council has dropped controversial plans to cut school summer holidays to less than five weeks.

BT has been selected as the sole supplier for a pan-London ICT framework worth up to £200m.

Scotland's cities need a "new deal" with the Scottish and UK governments to drive economic growth and ensure they are not left behind by devolution for England's city-regions, a new report has argued.

The Government must address "massive problems" with business rates appeals and issues with withdrawing Revenue Support Grant before it brings in 100 per cent retention of business rates for councils, MPs have warned.