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Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Communities Minister Andrew Stunell today called on councils to use every opportunity under the New Deal for Older People to give elderly people more choice and control over where they live, so they are not pressured to sell their home or move into residential care

The 19th century model of Whitehall departmental funding will today be described as "not appropriate for the modern day" by council leaders

Elected city mayors will have their own bespoke powers tailored to local needs, Minister for Cities Greg Clark announced today


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The government’s latest proposals to cut local government pensions were rejected by Unite, Britain's biggest union, today (Monday,  9 January)


Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was in Essex today to see first-hand how the county is already an Olympic winner from London 2012 Games this summer


With just 200 days to go to the beginning of the 2012 Games the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, announced today that hundreds of jobs and thousands of opportunities have been secured as global giant Balfour Beatty WorkPlace and London based Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL)...


The Audit Commission welcomes the publication by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) of the government response to the future of local audit consultation. The publication of this paper marks the next stage in the development of the new framework for local public audit


Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has published the next steps on the road to a more efficient and accountable local audit system that will replace the Audit Commission's centralised inspection regime


Alien invasions, the return of Napoleon and a crash landing by Santa are some of the more bizarre topics councils have been quizzed about by residents this year


A proposed way forward for reform of the Local Government Pension Scheme has been agreed


Emergency radio broadcasts could be jeopardised by BBC plans to turn off medium wave radio transmitters and lay off local reporters, council leaders warned today


The local democracy think tank LGiU has responded to the Government’s announcement of the fourteen areas that will pioneer new Community Budgets.


Plans to revolutionise the way government works to improve people’s lives have moved a step closer with the announcement of a new Community Budget pilot for the tri-borough area of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F;) and Kensington and Chelsea (K&C;).


Fourteen areas are to pioneer a public service revolution that will slash financial red tape and duplication so they respond to local need and save taxpayers' millions, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.


A default answer of 'yes' to development should be removed from the National Planning Policy Framework (NPFF) says the Communities and Local Government Committee in its review of the draft framework.


Councils will be freed to generate greater levels of income, encouraged to support local firms and jobs and be well placed to reap the rewards of success, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today


New and innovative ways to work with charities and voluntary groups are being used by councils to improve services whilst saving taxpayers millions, the Local Government Association has found


The first-ever improvement and efficiency not-for-profit company is now up and running and open for business to all England’s councils – and it has been welcomed by the local government minister Bob Neill


The Audit Commission has found that, although challenging, local government has coped well with the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)


The 20 towns and cities across the UK which are expected to be the first to have their own local TV stations were announced today by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt


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