Government plans to turn every school in England into an academy by 2022, independent of local authority control, have met with increasing criticism from the Local Government Association (LGA). How should councils prepare for the uncertainty ahead?
Stoke Gifford Parish Council has become the first in the world to charge runners for use of its park. The decision has been met with widespread criticism, but what are the options for councils when it comes to the cost of maintaining their green spaces?
The government recently provided more information about the £50 million "pothole fund," first announced in the Autumn Statement. How far will this help solve the problem of poorly maintained roads, and the growing cost to councils?