A new counter-fraud hub bringing together London's boroughs aims to save taxpayers an average of £60m a year.

Advertised broadband speeds are "misleading" and do not reflect the experience of many users, particularly those in rural areas, council chiefs have said.

Inspections to examine how local authorities work with the police, probation and health services to protect children living with domestic abuse have been launched by the Government.

Councils have called for urgent reform of Right to Buy after the number of homes local authorities were able to start replacing last year fell by a quarter.

A new £2m fund will allow councils to use emerging technologies to improve journeys for motorists.

Delays in discharging patients from hospital increased by almost a quarter in the 12 months to June, with delays because of a lack of social care provision on the rise, according to new figures.

A new funding system for nurseries, preschools and childminders has been unveiled by the Government.

"Politically correct" over-sensibilities about ethnicity and religion have led to authorities turning a blind eye to possible electoral fraud, Sir Eric Pickles has said.

Ministers in the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will act as "local growth champions" to build relationships with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Greg Clark has announced.

The Government's announcement that it will guarantee EU funding agreed for existing projects falls well short of the full commitment needed to protect £5.3bn in regeneration funding promised to local areas up to 2020, the LGA has said.

Business rates income in rural counties is far outstripped by urban areas and suffers from wide variations between districts, according to new research.

Hampshire County Council has been fined £100,000 after documents containing highly sensitive information about vulnerable adults and children were left in a disused building.