Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles told ITV Daybreak that motorists should have a fair deal on parking, and "not find themselves in a situation where that they're worried all the time that if they're a few minutes late they will have a whacking great fine."
He added that the current five minute grace period for parking "should be extended to 15 minutes."
A study into the impacts of recently introduced welfare reforms has said identified areas where they are likely to be "most strongly" to be felt.
The Local Government Association commissioned report said:
"The impacts of the reforms are likely to be most strongly felt in areas with the highest dependence on benefit - the North East, parts of London and a swathe of coastal towns and cities including Thanet, Tendring, Great Yarmouth, Scarborough and Torbay."
Councils could be forced to cut spending on roads and elderly care to support households losing out through the Government's welfare reforms, town hall chiefs warn.
A study estimated less than a quarter of the 1.18 million English workless households affected by housing benefit cuts would be able to mitigate the impact of the reforms by moving to a cheaper property or finding a job.
This could lead to councils having to pay out to support them, according to the report, commissioned by the Local Government Association
It also cast doubt on the effectiveness of the universal credit scheme, aimed at ensuring claimants are always better off working, suggesting it was "unlikely to significantly increase employment".
Councils are using millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to hire private investigators for snooping operations, it has been claimed.
Freedom of Information figures obtained by pressure group Big Brother Watch, seen by the Daily Mail, found that nearly £4 million was spent by officials in two years on secret security checks, extra surveillance and other investigations.
The figures follow the news that a 999 operator, who went on sick leave due to stress, won an £11,000 pay-off from the fire service after it hired an investigator to spy on her.
Anthea Orchard, 35, received the payout weeks after a leaked report by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) found that several organisations had used private detectives to steal personal data.