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Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today praised councils that have already signalled they intend to help hard pressed families cope with the cost of living by signing up to the Government's council tax freeze offer

Markets across the country are seizing the initiative and leading the drive to revitalise the nation's town centres, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today

Socitm, the association for ICT professionals in local public services, is urging local CIOs and Heads of ICT to take a leading role in council initiatives to bring broadband to the UK’s ‘not-spots'

 

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IT management appears to be wielding greater influence in local public services as local authorities and others turn to technology to help them cope with dramatically reduced budgets

 

Legislation to consolidate more than a dozen outdated pieces of legislation governing co-operatives and mutuals into a single statute will be put before parliament before the next election, the Prime Minister announced today

 

A host of new powers to put communities back in charge of their own affairs has become a reality as the Coalition Government's localism agenda takes another major step forward

 

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) today announced a National Digital Promise for public libraries in Wales, England and Northern Ireland that will set the standard  for digital access in libraries. This Promise sets a minimum standard of digital resources available in the more than 4000 libraries across the UK

 

Communities Minister Baroness Hanham is asking people to vote out policies they think are the weakest links, in a drive to eliminate ineffective and unnecessary regulations from the country's housing laws

 

Communities Minister Bob Neill has today given more councils the go-ahead to tackle historic pay inequalities

 

There are “real and present” risks to the independence of the voluntary sector, with support for disadvantaged groups under particular threat, warns the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector in the first of five annual assessments published today, pointing to the Work Programme as an important example

 

Responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement announced today Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said

 

A new challenge prize and guide to enable communities to realise the benefits of community buying was launched today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Co-operatives UK, the trade association of co-operative enterprises

 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today welcomed the coalition Government's plans to invest heavily in London's infrastructure, driving growth with thousands of new jobs and securing the capital's global competitiveness

 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced he is investing £23m to help return Croydon to its former glory as a major commercial centre and contributor to the capital’s economy, following the August riots that devastated the town centre

 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, (November 16th) has today called on the capital's boroughs and public sector bodies to use their huge buying power to create as many jobs, apprenticeship and skills training opportunities as possible

 

Today the Children’s Rights Director, Dr Roger Morgan, publishes the 100 days in care report which documents 100 personal diary entries about children’s experience of being in care, leaving care, and living in boarding schools or residential special schools

 

More than 50 MPs pledged their support for the future funding of the Citizens Advice service at an event to re-launch the All Party Parliamentary Group on Citizens Advice. The Group's new Chair, Stephen Lloyd MP, hosted the event held at Parliament

 

Arts Council England and the Local Government Association (LGA), have announced the Libraries Development Initiative, a £200,000 fund that will build on the MLA and LGA's Future Libraries Programme to ensure libraries are at the heart of society, valued by local communities and providing access to information, life-long learning and culture in a shared and trusted place

 

The winners of this year’s Compact Awards have been announced at a ceremony at HM Treasury. The ceremony was run in partnership by Compact Voice and the Office for Civil Society

 

Communities whose ambitions for economic growth have been stuck in the mud could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to help get their building projects off the ground

 

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