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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Parish councils: fixed penalty notices

    Your powers to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental offences including litter, graffiti, fly-posting and dog control order offences. Read more

  4. Abandoned vehicles: council responsibilities

    How councils should deal with abandoned vehicles, including finding owners, giving penalties and vehicle disposal. Read more

  5. 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