The government is giving local councils more power to decide how to spend public money in their areas so they can meet local people’s needs. At the same time, the government is helping to make sure Council Tax payers get value for money by making councils more transparent and accountable.

Detailed guides

  1. Removing abandoned shopping trolleys: council powers

    How councils can deal with abandoned shopping and luggage trolleys, including who to consult, disposal and claiming costs. Read more

  2. Council powers to control leafleting causing a litter problem

    How councils can control leafleting which is causing a litter problem, the places and leaflets that are exempt and the fees they can charge. Read more

  3. Enforcement officers: issuing fixed penalty notices

    How and when you can issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs), if you've been authorised by a district or parish council, or another authority. Read more

  4. Local government legislation: byelaws

    Arrangements and procedures for the confirmation of local authority byelaws, including model sets. Read more

  5. Parish councils: change or revoke a dog control order

    How parish councils can change or revoke an existing dog control order and the changes they can make. Read more