Birmingham City Council leader Albert Bore has survived a leadership challenge by his deputy. Andy Howells (Lab) who is also chair of the Local Government Information Unit, lost the vote by 21 votes to Mr Bore's 45. The challenge was the fourth faced by Mr Bore (Lab) in three and a half years.
Medway Council and Kent CC have applied to the High Court to challenge the government on its ommission of Gatwick from its consultation on the future of air travel in the south-east.
The Employers' Organisation has revealed that sickness can cost councils 3% of turnover. Reducing sickness by 1% would equate to having 20,000 more staff in local government.