Council tax is set to rise by almost £50 for an average property next year to plug a £2.5billion black hole.
More applications to take children into care are being issued than at any time since the present system of child protection was established.
Tens of thousands of public sector jobs will be lost across Britain this year as councils struggle to cope with the impact of the recession.
Controversial trials of spy-in-the-sky road pricing were dealt a fresh blow yesterday when a council refused to take part in the scheme.
Legislation to allow local councils to levy extra taxes on businesses, could threaten the future of schemes in which enterprises help with the upkeep of their neighbourhoods.
One in four councils in England has reported an increase in homelessness and more than half have experienced a rise in housing benefit claimants as the recession bites.
Thousands of vulnerable people are being forced into bankruptcy as town halls use increasingly aggressive tactics to chase council tax arrears
The number of elderly people receiving care in their homes has fallen by 17 per cent since Labour allowed councils to restrict help to the most needy.
Drivers of large ?gas guzzling? cars face higher car park and meter charges under new council plans.
Village life is under threat with moves to relax planning laws to pave the way for the largest development of “affordable” rural homes in a generation