News Council tax set to rise by as much as five per cent

The amount paid by households towards the cost of policing looks set to rise by up to five per cent this year as the Government faces a potential show down with its flagship Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who are demanding above inflation increases in council tax to combat swingeing budget cuts.

Council defends £425,000 of public money spent on Alicia Keys gig

A city council has defended spending £425,000 to help stage a concert by singer Alicia Keys.

House building fell by 10 per cent in March to June of this year

Government U-turn 'will deny council housing to millions'

Labour hits out at plan to remove obligation to build affordable housing

Mark Duggan remembered

Pam Duggan walked to the memorial service for her son Mark, whose shooting by police sparked the rioting. She has called for a full inquest in front of a jury to "find out the truth" about the shooting.

Many Blackburn fans made their anger at the Blackburn regime be known vocally last season

'Rioting' by Blackburn fans during pre-season leads to Nijmegen friendly being cancelled

Blackburn will not rush into any action before deciding on possible sanctions against supporters involved in violence which prompted the cancellation of yesterday's friendly against NEC Nijmegen.

Ben Elton: Live From Planet Earth, has ended after a mere three
episodes

Ben Elton pens new sitcom about local government

Ben Elton has written a new sitcom set in the dysfunctional world of local government.

Jane Merrick: The Emperor's New Clothes (29/07/12)

They are designed to soothe, but a neighbour's wind chimes have got our writer running for the scissors

John Hemming: Deprivation of liberty system is riddled with conflicts of interest

The report of a 27% increase in people subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards raises a flag. The basic question is whether people are being deprived of their liberty for the convenience of the local authority or whether it is necessary or even essential for their security.

Huge spike in use of controversial new 'deprivation of liberty' orders despite critics arguing they are not fit for purpose

More than 11,000 people were deprived of their liberty last year using controversial new legislation that critics have argued is “not fit for purpose”.

Olympic Shorts: Commando holds the torch for capital

A Royal Marine commando will abseil from a helicopter into the Tower of London while holding the Olympic flame next week as the 70-day torch relay around the UK draws to a close. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is due to give more details of the torch's arrival in the capital today.

Councils to get speed limit powers

Councils will be given greater freedom to introduce 20mph schemes under new government proposals to improve road safety.

James Moore: Be warned by a nightmare in the sunshine state

Outlook The Coalition's methods might be madness but the OBR is right on the central point: the deficit needs to be addressed. Unfettered borrowing is a recipe for disaster.

Leading article: Care is not a luxury

Despite the claim there is no money, the Government has underspent by £6.7bn

Disabled home-seekers claim property industry is in "dark ages"

Unhelpful estate agents and websites are trapping young disabled people at home, says a new report

250,000 council jobs cut since general election

Almost a quarter of a million jobs have been lost in local authorities since the general election as a result of the government's spending cuts, according to a new study.

Paul Newman: TV producers will seek a repeat as viewing figures go through roof

Saturday night's viewing figures peaked at 8m
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