NEIGHBOURHOOD services such as bin collections, local roads maintenance and providing leisure centres and libraries have been slowly dismantled by spending cuts since 2010, with the most deprived areas hardest hit, according to a new report.

ADOPTION decisions and placement orders have stabilised after sharp falls but there remains a "postcode lottery" between authorities, with large increases in some areas and significant drops in others.

PORTSMOUTH City Council has pledged its support to a plan to turn a double-decker bus into a homeless shelter.

THOUSANDS of older people across Scotland are missing out on free personal care payments because of council delays in assessing and arranging their care, a charity has warned.

DRAMATIC differences exist in regional school performance, presenting potentially serious challenges for Regional School Commissioners, according to a new report.

COUNCILLORS are not "digital dinosaurs" and are positive about how technology, automation and data can benefit public services, a new report has claimed.

SITES with planning permission for house building fell by 11 per cent last year as councils focused their stretched resources on larger sites, according to new research.

A REFERENDUM on local government reorganisation in Dorset has been postponed following the announcement of the General Election on 8 June.

CHILDREN who are victims of sexual abuse within their families can face “significant barriers” in accessing support, including professionals often missing the signs that something is wrong, according to the Children’s Commissioner.

JOINT inspections are to examine how agencies including local authorities, health, probation services and the police work together to protect children living with or at risk of neglect.

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