IT'S ahle kicking off in Kassel, Germany's usually tranquil and picturesque "city of fairytales". The local council has got itself in a right tizz over a vegetarian street festival for, er, not serving meat.

STORY, Indiana, has no mayor, no government and an official population that probably would stretch the capacity of a phone box. But it does have one prestigious and hotly contested public office: Village Idiot.

METRO mayors should take urgent action to “green” their city-regions, campaigners have said.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT leaders issued a 10-point plan they want to see in all parties' manifestos ahead of the General Election on 8 June.

LOCAL ELECTIONS have seen the Conservatives make gains across England and win the first metro mayor position in the West of England, but it was a bad night for Labour, the Lib Dems and UKIP.

CONSERVATIVE Tim Bowles has become the first elected metro mayor after a run-off in the West of England.

PUERTO RICO has filed a debt restructuring petition that could lead to the biggest ever local government bankruptcy in US history.

METRO MAYORS must unite with London’s Sadiq Khan to demand fresh devolved powers from whoever forms the next government, a think tank has argued.

SOCIAL CARE cuts since 2009-10 could be fully reversed by 2019-20 if councils make full use of available funds, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.

ELECTIONS for the first metro mayors have produced a landslide win for Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester, a Labour victory in Liverpool and a surprise victory for the Conservatives in Tees Valley.

METRO MAYOR Andy Burnham has put his money where his mouth is, donating 15% of his salary to kickstart a new fund intended to tackle homelessness in Greater Manchester.

The first participants in a scheme to help homeless people out of hostels and into a job and a proper home are already working, but that’s all part of the plan – to provide encouragement for people to find employment.