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Lewis: Local leadership key to future of high streets
[Jul 9, 2014, by Laura Sharman, in the MJ]
Local government minister Brandon Lewis has urged councils to work with businesses and communities to put high streets at the heart of the economic recovery.

New LGA chair calls for focus on skills and employment
[Jul 8, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, in Public Finance]
The new chair of the Local Government Association has called for councils to be given new powers to coordinate local employment support after warning that millions could be left without suitable work despite the economic recovery.

More powers to councils will deliver greater efficiencies, says Labour report
[Jul 7, 2014, by Michael Burton in the MJ]
Local government can deliver better services more efficiently and help address austerity challenges if it receives extensive new powers, according to a new report for Labour leader Ed Miliband from a commission headed by three leading Labour council leaders.

£2bn Growth Deal funding announced
[Jul 7, 2014, by Jonathan Werran in the MJ]
Ministers have today announced where the £2bn in Growth Deal funding will be allocated across all 39 English Local Enterprise Partnership areas from 2015/16.

Clegg joins devolution debate
[Jul 4, 2014, by Jamie Hailstone, in the MJ]
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to add his voice to the debate over more devolution in the North today by setting out his vision for the region.

NHS land sales could save £6bn
[Jul 3, 2014, by Daniel Douglas, in Inside Housing]
Allowing housing associations to build on land could save NHS cash.

First stage of multi-million regeneration given green light
[Jul 2, 2014, by Laurna Robertson, in Inside Housing]
The first stage of a council regeneration project, to turn a former industrial estate to a sustainable suburb, has been given planning permission.

Long-term budget deals could ‘de-risk’ public service reforms
[Jul 1, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, in Public Finance]
Long-term public spending plans are needed to help integrate local service provision, a senior figure involved in implementing the coalition’s flagship Community Budgets programme has said.

Miliband: I'd devolve £30bn to city and county regions
[Jun 30, 2014, by Mark Smulian, in the LGC]
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that he would transfer control of some £30bn of funding from Whitehall to local areas were he to win next year’s general election.

Pickles announces new homes fund
[Jun 27, 2014, by Kate Youde, in the LGC]
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a £3m fund to help councils tackle barriers to getting new homes built, in a move he hopes will accelerate the delivery of 25,000 homes.

Hopkins announces affordable housing funding plans
[Jun 25, 2014, by Carl Brown and Heather Spurr, in Inside Housing]
Hopkins announces affordable housing funding plans

Local authority pension funds commit £152m to responsible investment project
[Jun 25, 2014, by Rachel Dalton, in the LGC]
A group of six local government pension scheme funds have announced they will invest a total of £152m in assets that will create positive economic, social and environmental outcomes in the UK.

Northern leaders reject Osborne's elected mayor plans
[Jun 24, 2014, by David Paine, the LGC]
A call by chancellor George Osborne for new elected mayors in the north has been rejected by Labour and Conservative council leaders.

Budget devolution key to Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’
[Jun 23, 2014, by Vivienne Russell, Public Finace]
Chancellor George Osborne today said he wanted to ‘start a conversation’ about a new model of city government that would see greater devolution of budgets to local level.

Council considers building bungalows to free up family homes
[Jun 20, 2014, by Inside Housing]
Birmingham Council is considering building bungalows to free up family-sized homes in the city in the wake of a successful pilot scheme.

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