Hull City Council to cut jobs and services
The decision to increase council tax bills in Hull has led to a war of words between the Labour-run city council and the government. Labour councillors say it is unfair that Hull is facing spending cuts at a time when it is ranked as the tenth most deprived authority in England. Some claim leafy southern councils are getting a better deal, prompting the deputy leader of Hull City Council, Daren Hale, to accuse minsters of "robbing Peter to pay Tarquin". However, accusations of a north-south divide have been dismissed by the government. Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said Hull's Labour-run council should accept the extra money being offered by Whitehall to freeze council tax bills. Mr Lewis said many neighbouring councils such as the East Riding of Yorkshire had similar financial challenges, but had managed to resist the temptation to increase council tax.
Row over inflation-busting rise in councillors' pay
Leading councillors in Lincolnshire have defended a decision to increase their allowances by 23%.
The move has been criticised by some councillors and campaigners from the Taxpayers' Alliance.
£140m bill for public sector translation
Many councils say they are struggling to cut the cost of translation services for migrants.
The government wants local authorities to reduce the amount spent on translating documents for non-English speakers.
Fears over Hull's rail links ahead of City of Culture
There are calls for better transport links to Hull ahead of the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2017.
Pressure is mounting on the government to support the electrification of the Hull to Selby rail line, which would speed up train services in and out of the city.
HS2 debate: Train services slower today than 1920s
Rail campaigners say train services from some stations in Lincolnshire were faster in the 1920s than today.
The comparison has prompted some to call for urgent investment in the county's railways.
Ministers should support 'failing' towns says Heseltine
The former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has dismissed claims that "failing" towns and cities should be abandoned by the government.
An article in The Economist suggested that a number of industrial towns were "decaying" and their inhabitants should be encouraged to find jobs elsewhere.
Nick Clegg defends government commitment to foreign aid
The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has defended the government's commitment to ring-fence the overseas aid budget.
Some politicians have questioned the need to spend 0.7% of national income (GDP) on foreign aid.
Lincolnshire police chief Neil Rhodes 'did not act improperly'
It is hard to imagine the two men involved in this dispute have enjoyed a happy working relationship over the past few months.
Alan Hardwick had occupied his role as Lincolnshire's police and crime commissioner for just three months when he took the decision to suspend Neil Rhodes.
Voters in Parliament Street criticise pay rise for MPs
The proposed increase in MPs' pay has been criticised by the residents of Parliament Street.
No, I am not talking about an address in SW1.
John Prescott says wind farm curbs are 'Nimby' victory
Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has described a move to give local communities more power to block wind farm applications as "a victory for Nimbys".
New planning guidelines in England will see residents given a greater say over the siting of new onshore wind turbines.