Coronation Street star Liz Dawn, who plays Vera Duckworth, has been asked to become mayoress of her home city of Leeds. The appointment is in recognition of her work for cancer charities.
The Association of County Council Chief Executives has appointed a new chairwoman. East Sussex County Council chief executive Cheryl Miller is the first woman to head the association, and at 45 she is believed to be the youngest.
Islington LBC and the district auditor are to launch investigations into allegations of political propaganda levelled against the council's Liberal Democrats. The allegations relate to a letter on tax cuts, written by the Lib Dems, included in council tax bills without being seen by the chief executive.
The Office for National Statistics has released figures indicating the electorate for local government rose 63,590 between 1999 and 2000 to a total of 44,755,889.
Culture secretary Chris Smith is considering giving councils greater powers to protect listed buildings. The powers will allow councils to intervene more quickly when attempting to force