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The Department for Communities and Local Government's plan to increase accountability by reducing and reforming its quangos is on course to deliver around £170 million savings Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today (March 16th)

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles welcomes the news today that councils have taken up the Government's council tax freeze offer helping to keep this part of residents cost of living down at a critical time

Voting has begun in the Barnsley Central by-election, which was prompted by the resignation of former MP Eric Illsley.Nine candidates are competing for the South Yorkshire seat, with polling set to continue until 2200 GMTMr Illsley, who became the area's MP in 1987, quit last month after pleading guilty to falsely claiming £14,000 in parliamentary expenses.


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Councils should open up their public meetings to local news 'bloggers' and routinely allow online filming of public discussions as part of increasing their transparencyTo ensure all parts of the modern-day media are able to scrutinise Local Government, Mr Pickles believes councils should also open up public meetings to the 'citizen journalist' as well as the mainstream media, especially as important budget decisions are being made.



Liverpool City Council has set out its budget proposals for 2011-12, with all-party agreement on how it will make £91m savings during the year.The proposals will be considered by the full council which meets to set the budget on Wednesday 2 March.The unprecedented level of Government cuts has led all parties on the Council to put aside party political interests to produce the budget.


The Local Government Group (LG Group) today (Feb 16th) launched an approach to self regulation for the local government sector......which will help local authorities strengthen their accountability and revolutionise the way they evaluate and improve services.


Local authorities in England planning to pay employees more than £100,000 will have to seek the approval of councillors in a vote, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has saidMr Pickles said this would ensure pay packets were "democracy proofed". The communities secretary intends to amend the Localism Bill which is being discussed in the Commons.


Responding to the Publicity Code announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today(14th Feb), Baroness Margaret Eaton, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said..


Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles praises 'can do' councils who are acting to protect frontline services and local council tax payersThe nation faces an unprecedented financial situation and every part of the public sector, including local government, which accounts for a quarter of all public expenditure, has a part to play in cutting the deficit.


Manchester City Council has today (Feb 8th) published its proposed budget for 2011/12, setting out how it will make £109 million of savings over the next financial year, rising to £170m in the 2012/13


Local communities will get the freedom to sell, rent or share community owned assets bought with central government money, such as council buildings, shops and business parks



Councils are planning to defy ministers by pushing ahead with plans to cut funding for services supporting vulnerable people by far more than the government has recommended...


Local residents could end up footing the bill for more than £1bn in fines from Brussels if the Localism Bill is not amended, council leaders warned


The charges some elderly people must pay for council carers to come into their homes have risen sharply


About 1,200 jobs are set to be axed at Hampshire County Council under plans to save £55m for 2011/12The authority says it plans to save £7m by cutting senior management, implement a recruitment freeze and save £10m by renegotiating contracts.


An historic bill to return power to councils and communities reversing decades of increasing central government control was given new backing

Labour have comfortably won the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election with a majority of more than 3,500

Voters are going to the polls in Oldham East and Saddleworth in the first by-election since the coalition government was formed last year


About 2,000 jobs are to go at Manchester City Council because of government spending cuts, the authority has said


The Postal Services Bill has this evening ( Jan 12th ) completed its passage through the House of Commons and will now be considered by the House of Lords


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