Three-quarters of residents in Harlow voted against, while a similar ratio were against the idea in Plymouth.
Haringey LBC's social services director Anne Bristow has given evidence at the inquiry into Victoria Climbie's death.
Hammersmith & Fulham LBC has announced a zero council tax increase to pay for services this year. Mayor Andrew Slaughter (Lab) said: 'Whatever the percentage this year, the [Ken] Livingstone precept will be more than enough without us adding to it.'
The Improvement & Development Agency has joined forces with the commercial arm of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to offer courses teaching councillors and officers how to catch an audience's attention.
Scottish councils have improved their council tax collection, according to the latest figures from the Accounts Commission. Councils collected 89% of the tax due.
The Institute of Local Government Studies wants to speak to councils that have done intensive work on overview and scrutiny. Any council with an interesting story to tell should contact Dr Stephanie Snape on S.A.Snape@bham.ac.uk.
Liberal Democrat member of the Greater London Assembly Louise Bloom has announced her resignation. She will be replaced by Mike Tuffrey.