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. 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

  4. Local authorities and the Green Deal

    Guidance for local authorities in delivering the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in their communities. Read more

  5. How to get ethnic minority employment data

    Guidance for local government and employers who need data on ethnic minority employment to set targets and monitor improvement in local areas. Read more