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New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that changes in the labour market, combined with changes to the tax and benefit system, over the next decade are likely to increase relative poverty rates across the UK

Changes to the planning system in England, which are expected to make it easier to gain consent for large-scale projects, are coming into force later

Local Government Minister Bob Neill has published a radically streamlined planning policy that will ensure fair treatment of travellers in the planning system while respecting the interests of the settled community

 

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The £30m Chrysalis Fund, aimed at kick starting employment creating projects in Merseyside, was officially launched in Liverpool today

 

Ninety five housing associations, local authorities and other providers are set to deliver over 5,600 new affordable homes by bringing empty properties back into use, as the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed successful organisations for £70m of Empty Homes funding today

 

Further improvements need to be made to major infrastructure planning in the UK to help accelerate investment and speed up decision-making, the CBI said

 

A multi-million pound redevelopment of a derelict cluster of homes at the heart of the Grade II listed Byker housing estate in Newcastle was today officially opened by Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage

 

A seven-year battle to build a community centre in Glyncoch, south Wales has received a boost after Stephen Fry urged his Twitter followers to dig out their loose change and collectively fund the project

 

A new fund to help support much loved seaside towns create new jobs and prosperity has been launched by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary Danny Alexander

 

Communities Minister Bob Neill has confirmed a further £22million to help former coalfield communities get back on their feet and secure economic growth for years to come

 

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell today invited community and voluntary organisations to apply for a share of £100 million that will help revitalise communities and bring the empty homes blighting their areas back into use

 

The first phase of Swindon’s £350m regeneration of Union Square is to start in the spring following the approval of plans to progress the scheme

 

A total of £177 million is being invested in regeneration across the capital, boosting local high streets, delivering growth and new jobs and improving lives, the Mayor of London has announced.  Boris Johnson also revealed the town centre projects set to benefit from the latest round of funding from two regeneration funds

 

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has today insisted that communities will be kept firmly in the driving seat and able to determine the future of their local areas

 

Housing Minister Grant Shapps today announced the allocation of more than £71 million to help families trapped in half-empty and abandoned streets, as a consequence of a controversial regeneration scheme introduced in 2002

 

The first residents have moved in to Kings Down, Bridgwater, Sedgemoor’s major regeneration development which will deliver up to 2,000 high quality new homes, community facilities and more than 3,000 jobs to the area

 

The Mayor of London has helped mark the completion of a £14million overhaul of Piccadilly and its surrounding streets. A range of improvements have been made with the aim of easing congestion through one of London’s most iconic areas and making it more accessible for the thousands of pedestrians and road users who use the area every day. The project has helped restore one of the capital’s greatest boulevards and created a much improved public space

 

Ministers have no adequate strategy to address the complex problems faced by England's most deprived communities. If further resources for regeneration are not found, there is a risk that major problems will be stored up for the future, warn MPs from the Communities and Local Government Committee in a new report

 

Leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart has been awarded £39m to deliver 1,685 new affordable homes across the East and West Midlands

 

Tenants are being sought to move into Tower Works, the historic former pin factory that is being redeveloped as part of a major regeneration scheme. The latest milestone in the complex's rejuvenation has been marked with a topping out ceremony following the installation of the last section of copper cladding to link the old and new elements of the building

 

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