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Regional powerhouses moot mayors in quest for power
[Sep 25, 2014, by Kaye Wiggins, LGC]
England’s biggest cities are preparing to shake up their governance, including through the possible introduction of elected mayors, in bids for power following the Scottish independence referendum.

Burnham calls for single health and social care pot
[Sep 24, 2014, by Jamie Hailstone and Dan Peters, The MJ]
Campaigners have called on the Labour Party to fully adopt shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s plans for a national Health and Social Care Service.

Get organised if you want powers, districts told
[Sep 23, 2014, by David Paine, LGC]
Local authorities will have to “come together” in order to get more control over the way money is spent in their areas, shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn has said.

Labour announces New Homes Corporations to boost development
[Sep 22, 2014, by Carl Brown, Inside Housing]
Ed Miliband has announced plans for new council-led corporations to boost housebuilding. The Labour leader, speaking at the beginning of the party’s annual conference in Manchester, announced under a Labour government councils would set up New Homes Corporations as part of plans to increase housebui

Choose devolution if Scots opt for 'no'
[Sep 18, 2014, by Jonathan Werran, The MJ]
English council chiefs have called for greater devolution to city and county areas in the event of a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Housing minister urges sector to consider off-site construction
[Sep 18, 2014, by Carl Brown, Inside Housing]
The whole housing sector should consider using off-site construction to increase the pace of house building, Brandon Lewis has said.

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.

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