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.

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

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

OXFORD City Council has launched a new street mapping project that it says could transform how it manages services.

VOTERS are going to the polls in local elections and mayoral elections in England, Scotland and Wales.

FOUR COUNCILS that took legal action against the Government in a bid to secure extra funding for social care assessments for vulnerable adults have lost their battle at the High Court.

WASTE crime in England costs the industry and taxpayers £604m a year, with weak regulations creating gaps for illegal operations, according to new research.

DELAYS and rising costs caused by the planning system are driving small builders from house-building and fuelling the housing crisis, an industry body has claimed.

TOWN HALLS have spent millions buying back homes sold off under Right to Buy as they battle housing shortages, according to new research.

LIVERPUDLIANS are more aware of council cuts than the residents of three other major cities – and are more likely to say cuts have had a negative impact on them, according to a new poll.