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Today, a new report showing how the public sector can raise the productivity of its workforce by £8bn a year, just by using buildings differently, will be launched with Eric Pickles MP

Voluntary and community organisations will help deliver key reforms to support children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, and their parents

Among the 119 successful bids announced yesterday by Deputy PM Nick Clegg for the second round of the Regional Growth Fund is a partnership between registered charities Fredericks Foundation, offering loans to start-ups or expanding businesses refused loans by the banks, and the nationwide body bringing community projects and philanthropists together, the Community Foundation Network

 

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Family organisations, including Relate, Netmums and Gingerbread, will receive Government funding to deliver national online and telephone support services, Children’s Minister Sarah Teather announced today

 

The Mayor needs to set out how he will ensure he continues to deliver his vision for economic development in the capital despite changes to the funding and powers available to him, a new report from the London Assembly says today

 

THE BBC's new round of cutbacks will have its worst impact on popular regional current affairs in England – despite this being a big hit with viewers, and despite a pledge to protect this programming at the renewal of the BBC Charter, the NUJ can reveal

 

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today set out his plans to shake up local services as part of the Government's efforts to turn around the lives of 120,000 most troubled families

 

Proposed changes to the local authority capital finance system published by CLG on the 11th October suggests securitisation may be an possibility for local authorities to raise finance for housing and infrastructure projects

 

The next wave of council openness was hailed today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles as he published the final Code of Recommended Practice for council transparency which will help reveal the fine details of authorities' daily business, including senior salaries and contracts

 

A ground-breaking agreement to work together to provide legal services has been signed by the Leaders and Chief Executives of the five West Yorkshire councils

 

Community groups running libraries, private sector funding and self-service book borrowing points in shops and village halls can play a vital role in delivering a library service fit for the 21st century, council leaders have said (August 9th)

 

The Audit Commission will outsource all its in-house local public audit work to the private sector in the next financial year, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today (July 28th)

 

Pioneering councils eager to demonstrate how they would ensure the benefits of development would be shared with their community were today named by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark (June 29th)

 

The Defence estate needs to join forces with East Midlands’ businesses to build strong collaborative partnerships, demonstrate value for money, and improve energy efficiency, a senior MOD official told a regional engineering forum in Derby today (June 24th)

 

A new challenge to business owners, employees, the public and even government inspectors was laid down today, asking them to blow the whistle on inconsistent and over-zealous enforcement of rules and regulations (June 24th)

 

Councils could save £10 billion every year if they improve the way they buy, source and pay for goods and services new research reveals today (June 17th)

 

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has praised three 'can do' councils who are acting to protect frontline services and local council tax payers (June 16th)

 

A new local enterprise partnership to drive growth across the Humber area was given the green light by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark and Business Minister Mark Prisk today (June 8th)

 

Plans to give Ministers hundreds of new powers to tell councils how to deliver local services will increase council administration costs by at least £68 million a year, town hall leaders warn (June 7th)

 

The Government’s public service mutuals programme is an important step forward in creating new options for public service delivery, but it is not yet very well understood within central and local government, a new report published by the employee ownership all party parliamentary group has revealed today(June 7th)

 

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