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Scottish independence: Cameron, Miliband and Clegg sign 'No' vote pledge
[Sep 16, 2014, by BBC News]
The leaders of the three main parties at Westminster have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland, if Scots reject independence.

Health leaders demand politicians set out clear NHS mandate
[Sep 15, 2014, by LGC, James Ilman]
A broad coalition of health and social care leaders has called on all political parties to make a manifesto commitment of at least £4bn to fund NHS service changes over the next parliament.

MPs warn council audit could be politicised by reforms
[Sep 12, 2014, by Public Finance, Richard Johnstone]
Changes to the audit regime for councils being introduced following the abolition of the Audit Commission could weaken accountability for public money and lead to politicisation of scrutiny, MPs have warned.

English councils demand their own devo-max
[Sep 10, 2014, by Public Finance, Richard Johnstone]
The LGA has called for English councils to receive the same powers that a no vote in the Scottish independence referendum would deliver to Hollyrood.

Lib Dems promise local voting reform
[Sep 9, 2014, by LGC, Mark Smulian]
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to both introduce proportional representation in local elections and offer 'devolution on demand' to councils if they remain in government post-May 2015.

DCLG releases list for £525m development cash
[Sep 8, 2014, by Inside Housing, Emily Twinch]
Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has released a list of 165 smaller, stalled housing developments which are in the running to receive £525m of government cash.

Review to reshape Birmingham begins
[Sep 5, 2014, by Heather Jameson, The MJ]
Sir Bob Kerslake’s independent review of Birmingham City Council, which will consider the shape, size and capacity of the council, has been launched today with a call for evidence.

Housing associations to trial drones
[Sep 4, 2014, by Carl Brown, Inside Housing]
Two housing associations have become the first to purchase drones - flying camera-installed devices - to try to reduce the costs of managing their homes.

Eligibility criteria set for expanded Troubled Families work
[Sep 2, 2014, by Mark Smulian, Local Government Chronicle]
Councils must meet three criteria to secure payment from the government under the expanded Troubled Families programme, but will have wider freedoms to decide who qualifies for support.

Councils still first choice for schools help, YouGov survey finds
[Sep 1, 2014, by Jonathan Werran in the MJ]
Most London parents would seek help from their local authority first over any concerns with their local schools, a survey conducted by pollsters YouGov has revealed.

Parishes join LGA demand for 'fracking benefit'
[Aug 29, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Parish councils and the Local Government Association are to work together to develop community benefit schemes to manage the locally retained revenues from fracking for shale gas.

Recyclers to be rewarded with shopping vouchers
[Aug 29, 2014, by Steven Swinford, The Telegraph]
Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections, the local government secretary has announced.

Councils tendering care contracts case by case in online 'auctions'
[Aug 28, 2014, by Diane Taylor, The Guardian]
Councils are putting care packages for vulnerable people out to tender in eBay-style timed "auctions", the Guardian has learned.

Homes for new town a step closer
[Aug 27, 2014, by Emily Twinch, Inside Housing]
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) handed in the outline plans for the 'heart' of a new town, Northstowe, to South Cambridgeshire Council last week. Northstowe would be the largest planned town since Milton Keynes, with 3,500 homes planned.

Enthusiasm 'high' for Better Care Fund
[Aug 22, 2014, by Dan Peters, The MJ]
The new Better Care Fund (BCF) programme director has insisted council chief executives have not lost interest or enthusiasm for delivering the flagship policy.

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