'Tinkering with who gets what might be the subject of political manipulation with no government control'

Beware tinkering with business rates

By David Morgan

Adopting the results of an LGA survey that calls for more powers for local councils must be treated with caution, says David Morgan, director at Morgan & Clarke chartered surveyors

Lap Dancers had petitioned the Prime Minister against the move

Councils hail new lap dancing curbs

By John Harrington

Changes to the way lap-dancing clubs are licensed are a "victory for common sense", council leaders said today. The Government has confirmed new...

Crisis point: many councils say small firms are struggling

Councils: offer pubs rates breaks

By Gemma McKenna

Council bosses have called for greater powers to give business-rates "breaks" to struggling small firms. This comes in the wake of a new Local...