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Lincolnshire County Council has been selected to head up a new housing growth best practice network that will champion effective approaches to sustainable growth the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced today

Restrictions placed on local authorities in designing their own schemes for council tax support will produce “only the illusion of local discretion” says the Communities and Local Government Committee in a report published today

Housing Minister Grant Shapps today announced a major cash boost to improve homeless hostels across the country

 

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By continuing to avoid risk, councils could miss the opportunity to mobilise communities to run local services, warns a joint report by think tank ‘the Local Government Information Unit’ (LGiU) and leading public sector insurer Zurich

 

Councils are stockpiling thousands of tonnes of extra road salt this year in anticipation of another white winter, a new survey from council leaders has revealed

 

The EU has said that billions will be directly available to local areas from 2014-2020.  The current 7 year funding deal is worth well over £8 billion. In order to secure this funding for local communities, the LGA has been working closely with EU institutions, conducting surveys, providing evidence, and demonstrating how councils use this funding to turn lives and places around

 

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has this afternoon announced that the Government is to pursue a rigorous cost savings and transparency measures to deliver better value for hard-pressed British taxpayers

 

Money to extend a council tax freeze in England to 2012-13 is being unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne

 

Orange RockCorps, an innovative programme connecting people who want to make a difference to their community with dynamic charities in their area, is the latest winner of Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

 

Ministers will be prevented from arbitrarily passing EU fines onto councils under key concessions to the Localism Bill which have been secured by the Local Government Association (LGA)

 

England's biggest cities will be able to make their case for new powers from central government to drive faster growth under new clauses to the Localism Bill which were welcomed by Cities Minister Greg Clark and Chris Murray, Director of the Core Cities Group

 

The local democracy thinktank LGiU says changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries could weaken local links between MPs and councils, and may be more confusing for voters

 

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has today published guidance to local authorities on how to protect voluntary and community groups from disproportionate cuts to their funding.

 

Councils affected by recent rioting can immediately apply for money from a new multi-million pound fund, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced. The measures include tax relief on council tax and business rates to help local shops and residents get back on their feet

 

The Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged major regeneration to transform Tottenham and Croydon, two of the worst affected areas in the recent riots, following a £20m funding boost

 

Council Leaders at Birmingham City Council have appealed for calm, following unrest in the city yesterday evening (9th August)

 

Councils and other public bodies should publish asset lists that will help to identify billions of pounds of potential savings and protect frontline services, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today (August 5th)

 

A new online search engine launched today shows local taxpayers when they can inspect their council's detailed financial spending and ledgers as part of greater public transparency (July 22nd)

 

The CBI today called on the Government to harness the potential of information technology to transform public services (July 21st)

 

Councils will get to keep their own business rates under new local government financing proposals that will be fair and benefit those that grow financially, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced (July 19th)

 

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