The government has launched a £320m 'Transformation Challenge Award' it says will help councils transform the way local services are run and put the user first.
For details how local authorities can apply to the fund, which covers the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 - click here
RURAL communities get an unfair deal from the way the government funds local authorities, an independent commission has been told.
A £200m government fund aims to protect the countryside from development by making it easier to build on brownfield sites.
MORE than 21,800 homes in Northamptonshire can now get faster fibre broadband thanks to a project led by the county council.
INITIATIVES set up under the 2000 Rural White Paper to help market towns may have passed into history, but their legacy lives on, finds Brian Wilson.
YOUNG people in rural Scotland can face a stark choice - move away or stay and face limited opportunities, finds Brian Wilson.
Are planning reforms breathing new life into rural communities or bringing them into battle over unwanted development? Jessica Sellick Investigates.
Local authorities look to organisational change and new models of service delivery to balance the books, finds Brian Wilson.
PEOPLE are more trusting of local than national government, but does this always translate into wanting local policy decisions? Brian Wilson finds out.
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