Clegg defends ring-fencing some budgets
Deputy Prime Minister backs the Chancellor over budgets for overseas aid, schools and the NHS
'A true public servant and local champion'
Sir Merrick Cockell is stepping down as leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Pickles pledges compromise on planning
''I believe that this is eminently bridgeable and I would like the opportunity to make that bridge,'' he said
CLG could move into the Home Office
Eric Pickles is said to be looking at how to save money by transferring his department's civil servants
Council tax down but subsidy is shunned
Bills will rise by average 0.8 per cent but 40 per cent of local authorities have ignored the tax freeze incentive
50 ways to ease your budgets...
Councils have been accused of cutting frontline services instead of making savings elsewhere. The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has suggested 50 ways to make ''sensible savings in local government''. Here they are...
So should we get rid of the chief exec?
Nothing personal but let's get rid of the local authority chief executive. That appears to be what the Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is advocating. But is he right? Blair McPherson suggests not