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. Fixed penalty notices: issuing and enforcement by councils

    How councils and other authorities issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for environmental offences, fine limits and how money can be spent. Read more

  5. Notarial and documentary services for Moldova

    Documents and certificates available at the British embassy in Moldova. Read more