Local government should have a key place at the national political table and have its role protected by law, according to a new report published today by Localis
The government is paving the way for local authorities to offer low-cost mortgages to first-time buyers and others.
Security fears were raised today over a government database listing the personal details of every child in the country.
Around 200,000 families have gone on council house waiting lists in the past year, figures will reveal today.
Council tax is set to rise by almost £50 for an average property next year to plug a £2.5billion black hole.
More applications to take children into care are being issued than at any time since the present system of child protection was established.
Tens of thousands of public sector jobs will be lost across Britain this year as councils struggle to cope with the impact of the recession.
Controversial trials of spy-in-the-sky road pricing were dealt a fresh blow yesterday when a council refused to take part in the scheme.
Legislation to allow local councils to levy extra taxes on businesses, could threaten the future of schemes in which enterprises help with the upkeep of their neighbourhoods.
One in four councils in England has reported an increase in homelessness and more than half have experienced a rise in housing benefit claimants as the recession bites.