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Lewis launches £400m brownfield land development fund
[Aug 14, 2014, by Helen Moody in Public Finance]
Councils will be able to join forces with developers to bid for a share of £200m in cash to build new homes on previously-developed land, housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

Unemployment falls to six-year low
[Aug 13, 2014, by Richard Johnstone in Public Finance]
The UK unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in nearly six years following a 132,000 drop in the number of people out of work in the second quarter of the year, the Office for National Statistics has said.

Bellwin Scheme activated in Scotland
[Aug 12, 2014, by Jamie Hailstone in the MJ]
The Bellwin Scheme has been activated by the Scottish Government to help councils deal with the costs of recent flood damage.

Pickles launches consultation on Ebbsfleet garden city plan
[Aug 11, 2014, by Rosie Niven in Public Finance]
A consultation on creating a development corporation responsible for delivering a garden city of up to 15,000 homes in Ebbsfleet has been launched by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today.

Boris raises the English question
[Aug 8, 2014, by Heather Jameson in the MJ]
London Mayor Boris Johnson has hit out at Scottish devolution and called for more tax-raising powers for English cities.

'Flow' of authorities set for committee system return, expert predicts
[Aug 7, 2014, by Dan Peters in the MJ]
More councils will revert to the committee system, a local politics expert has predicted after two authorities made moves to return to the structure.

More councils join government property-sharing scheme
[Aug 6, 2014, by Richard Johnstone In Public Finance]
Twenty councils from across England have been selected for the expansion of a Whitehall programme to help central and local government cut costs by sharing offices and other property.

Northern devolution to be centrepiece of Autumn Statement
[Aug 5, 2014, by Richard Johnstone in Public Finance]
Plans to devolve new money and civic powers to the north of England are to be worked up over the next five months in order to form the centrepiece of Decemberís Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Housing review: councils must address financial skills shortage
[Aug 4, 2014, by Pete Apps in Inside Housing]
Town halls must bring in better-skilled staff if they are to begin building homes on a large scale, a government review has said.

Lewis sets out reforms to boost neighbourhood plans
[Aug 1, 2014, by Richard Johnstone in Public Finance]
Planning minister Brandon Lewis has set out proposals to quicken the development of neighbourhood plans as part of further government reforms to encourage housebuilding.

Core city councils and LEPs team up to boost regional growth
[Jul 31, 2014, by Richard Johnstone in Public Finance]
The eight core cities in England have set up a new board with their corresponding Local Enterprise Partnerships in a bid to boost jobs and investment outside London and the south east.

Homes and Communities Agency details 250 sites for sale
[Jul 30, 2014, by Carl Brown in Inside Housing]
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed the first disposal of a site for a new development under a public land pilot scheme. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed the first disposal of a site for a new development under a public land pilot scheme.

Labour funding scheme to 'boost housebuilding'
[Jul 28, 2014, by Michael Burton in the MJ]
Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds is today announcing Labourís plans to boost housing through a new funding scheme for small builders.

Funds shift to councils and smaller providers
[Jul 25, 2014, by Pete Apps in Inside Housing]
Dozens more councils have been allocated funding for affordable homes and smaller housing associations have become the biggest bidders, as larger landlords shunned government cash in the 2015-18 funding round.

Homelessness prevention by councils rises
[Jul 24, 2014, by Heather Spurr in Inside Housing]
The number of households councils prevented from becoming homeless increased by 15% last year compared to the previous 12 months, official statistics reveal.

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