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Greater London Authority allocates £404m for affordable homes
[Jul 22, 2014, by Pete Apps in Inside Housing]
A private landlord and 15 London boroughs have received a share of £404m of grant funding allocated to build affordable homes in London.

New Bill to free councils to be launched
[Jul 21, 2014, by Heather Jameson in the MJ]
A new Bill to give local government freedom from ‘the stranglehold of Whitehall’ will be launched by a backbench MP today.

Pickles LGA speech lauds Troubled Families performance
[Jul 10, 2014, by Mark Smulian and David Paine, in the LGC]
Eric Pickles has praised councils for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in just over two years.

MPs call for English devolution
[Jul 9, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, in Public Finance]
The next government must seize the opportunity to devolve financial powers to city regions in England, the Commons’ local government select committee has recommended.

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

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