Councils: 'Clegg effect' could help Lib Dems win up to 100 local seats

They are the elections that Britain forgot. A total of 15,785 candidates are fighting for 4,222 local council seats, many in town halls where power has been shared in Lib-Lab or Lib-Con coalitions long before the possibility of a hung Parliament at Westminster was in prospect. The Liberal Democrats hope to win up to 100 seats across the country.

More council 'fat cats' than two years ago, data reveals

Despite pay freezes and job cuts, 31 local authority executives now paid over £150,000

Record low rise in council tax bills

Council tax bills in England will rise by an average 1.8% in 2010/11, it was announced today.

Thousands of council jobs could be at risk

Tens of thousands of council jobs in England could be at risk over the next five years as local authorities struggle with the fall-out from the recession, according to a survey published today.

Council tax set to rise by '1.6%'



Council tax bills in England will rise by an average of 1.6% to £1,194 per household in 2010/11, according to analysis released today.

25% salt cut to eke out supplies

Councils have agreed to try to cut use of salt by a quarter in an attempt to make supplies last for the protracted cold snap, the Transport Secretary says.

Tories to repay total of £250,000 of expenses

Kenneth Clarke and Liam Fox among Conservatives dipping into their pockets

Caroline Spelman: You Ask The Questions

The MP for Meriden and shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary answers your questions, such as 'Aren't you just a one-man band?' and 'Would you do deals with the Lib Dems?'

Joan Smith: First Blair's babes, now it's Dave's dolls

Our writer mistrusts the Tory conversion to all-women shortlists

Brown's party whip warning to MPs over expenses

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said he was ready to consider withdrawing the party whip from Labour MPs who refuse to repay expenses, while David Cameron said Tories who did not co-operate would be barred from standing for the party.

Labour-controlled boroughs vow council tax freeze

Labour-controlled London boroughs today vowed to freeze council tax next year as they sought to neutralise Tory promises to keep bills down.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: These women fled the battlefield

Is it sexist to accuse Flint of liking to use her stilettos? Yes – but she asks for it

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Our rulers have fallen into disrepute, and they can only blame themselves

Politicians have finally grasped the full extent of this public contempt

Councils deemed negligent over Iceland banks

Local authorities "negligently" deposited almost £33 million in Icelandic banks in the final days before their collapse, the local government spending watchdog warned today.

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