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Political leaders from across South Hampshire have thrown their support behind the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus as progress to bring new businesses and jobs to the area continues

Sharing of services, including ICT and other functions, is becoming a necessity for local public services and under current financial pressures, is likely to grow rather than fade away, says Shared services time for a re-think? the latest briefing from Socitm Insight

Responding to today’s publication of the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable said..

 

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The National Audit Office has today published a report on the government fund to support private sector jobs and growth in places that rely on the public sector. The report finds that the initial £1.4 billion investment in the Regional Growth Fund could result in some 41,000 more full-time-equivalent private sector jobs in the economy than without the Fund.

 

Local authorities should pledge to make procurement processes less bureaucratic, hold market days with suppliers and work with industry associations to open up SME access through procurement reforms

 

8 out of top 10 councils for library cuts are Conservative run. Conservative Councils cut twice as much as Labour councils

 

The Government’s long term plan to reform the way the public sector does business ramped up today as new and updated data on £70 billion of potential future government contracts was published by Cabinet ministers Francis Maude and Vince Cable

 

An £8.1 million fund to boost investment in projects which will create homes and jobs in the Marches is being launched today (WED) by the region's Local Enterprise Partnership

 

The Audit Commission has today announced the reduced scale audit fees it will charge individual councils, health and other public bodies for five years from 2012/13

 

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has urged the Chancellor to rethink Government plans to cap tax relief on charitable donations in an open letter sent to the Treasury

 

Big Society Capital – a groundbreaking £600 million institution – will be launched by the Prime Minister today. Its mission is to grow a new market – social investment – and so make it easier for charities, social enterprises and community groups to access affordable finance

 

Today the Audit Commission announced the proposed award of five-year audit contracts to four private firms starting from 2012/13 - contracts that will contribute to an up to 40 per cent cut in the audit fees paid by local public bodies

 

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has welcomed today's announcement by the Audit Commission that hard-pressed councils and other local bodies should see big fee reductions following the successful outsourcing of the Commission's centralised audit practice

 

Myths that supermarket chains have a greater role to play on high streets than diverse local shops have today been exposed by a new opinion poll

 

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced a shortlist of 10 bidders for its future commercial arrangements for the delivery of large-scale construction projects across the UK Defence estate

 

Residents and hard pressed families will be relieved that the majority of councils are intending to make their cost of living a little easier by taking up the Government's council tax freeze offer, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today

 

Co-operatives UK and BIS have joined forces to launch the Buy Better Together Challenge, an exciting initiative to help inspire new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning

 

Unnecessary secrecy risks jeopardising public confidence in the ticketing arrangements for the 2012 Games, a new report from the London Assembly warns today

 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has teamed up with adidas to urge Londoners to check out the wide range of free sporting activities that are available across the capital

 

LINK, the UK cash machine network, Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland have launched a new research project on access to cash

 

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