£1bn in "emergency" Government funding for councils should be included in the Budget to prevent an immediate social care crisis, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has said.

SURREY County Council's cabinet has approved a 15 per cent rise in council tax ahead of a public referendum on the move.

BARNET Council has formally appointed John Hooton as its new chief executive.

PLANS to reorganise Dorset's local government into two new unitary authorities have been backed by six of the county's nine councils.

COUNCILS should have the power to order academies to take "hard to place" students, including those excluded from other schools, the LGA has said.

LOCAL Enterprise Partnerships in London, the South East and East of England will receive over £550m to boost jobs, support businesses and encourage growth, the Government has announced.

SWINDON Borough Council's cabinet has approved the sale of the authority's shareholding in bus company Thamesdown Travel.

ANGUS Council has appointed Margo Williamson as its new chief executive.

URGENT action is needed to close the gap between educational performance in the North and the rest of the UK to give employers the skills they need to compete, according to the first report from George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse Partnership.  

COUNCILS must do more to make parking fines fairer, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

MINISTERS are attempting to pass the buck for cuts to local services to councils ahead of a council tax "bombshell" in 2020, a Labour MP has claimed.

UNIVERSAL free childcare should be scrapped in order to make provision more affordable, a think tank has argued.