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.
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.
Words such as “cross fertilisation” and “incentivising” are baffling town hall jargon and should be banned according to one council leader.
Hundreds of children who suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of their parents have been given the green light to sue councils
Lap dancing clubs may be closed if they are located too near “inappropriate” sites such as schools
The number of children’s services in England deemed inadequate at keeping children safe has doubled in one year.
Three out of four councils say the money they collect to pay for front-line services has dwindled.
Council chiefs today accuse the children’s secretary, Ed Balls, of being “irresponsible” in his response to the death of Baby P
James Morris – “While the last 10 to 15 years in local government have been about performance management, the next wave will be about innovation”