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Planning practice guidance should be simpler
Published : 23 January 2013

An external review of planning practice guidance has recommended rationalising advice and making it easier to use. The review group, lead by ... read more

New cash backing more communities to put neighbourhood plans together
Published : 23 January 2013

Planning Minister Nick Boles has announced a new multi-million pound cash boost to help more communities. The cash will help more communities ... read more

On track to plant one million new neighbourhood trees in England
Published : 23 January 2013

Two years on and the Government’s £4 million Big Tree Plant has seen more than 239,000 trees planted across the country with £3.4 ... read more

Review of Environment Agency and Natural England begins
Published : 23 January 2013

A joint triennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England has begun. The review will provide an opportunity to look at what functions ... read more

Outdated farm labour laws abolished
Published : 23 January 2013

Outdated and bureaucratic farm labour restrictions will be abolished as early as next year, Farming Minister David Heath has announced. Defra’s ... read more

50 ways to save
Published : 23 January 2013

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has pinpointed 50 ways in which the public sector can ... read more

Pub landlords promised help
Published : 23 January 2013

Struggling pub landlords are promised help with the Business Secretary Vince Cable announcing plans for an independent Adjudicator to address ... read more

No place like home
Published : 23 January 2013

GOV.UK is the new place for corporate and policy information from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for Business and the Attorney ... read more

Government sets out strategy to tackle Chalara dieback in ash trees
Published : 23 January 2013

A new strategy to tackle Chalara dieback of ash trees has been published by Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, alongside the Tree ... read more

Business Minister pledges tougher action to boost enterprise
Published : 23 January 2013

Business will benefit from nearly £1 billion in reduced red tape costs thanks to government action, independent figures revealed. The Fifth ... read more

Councils could build 60,000 new homes if Government scrapped unnecessary borrowing cap
Published : 23 January 2013

Councils would be able to build 60,000 new homes over the next five years if Government gave local authorities more discretion over borrowing, ... read more

Green bank opens for business
Published : 23 January 2013

The ground breaking institution, Green Investment Bank, has been funded with £3 billion of Government money and will mobilise additional ... read more

Key findings of the Winter Readiness Survey 2012/13
Published : 23 January 2013

Salt: Councils had an estimated 1.3 million tonnes of salt in stock at the end of October - the same amount as that time last year and nearly ... read more

Local Government Challenge 2013 kicks off
Published : 23 January 2013

The search has begun for the council management star of the future as the 2013 Local Government Challenge kicked off in Bournemouth. The 10 candidates ... read more

Shoddy streetworks threaten small businesses and costing taxpayers 200 million
Published : 23 January 2013

Shoddy streetworks carried out by utility companies are costing small businesses thousands of pounds a week and stunting local growth, according ... read more

Care for elderly is top priority for local government
Published : 23 January 2013

Caring for our rapidly-ageing population is now the number one priority for councillors, who rank it higher than potholes, bin collections and ... read more

LGA and PFRA launch new national agreement to improve street fundraising standards
Published : 23 January 2013

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) have launched a joint national agreement to improve ... read more

Geraint Jones appointed as reviewer for the Office for Fair Access
Published : 23 January 2013

 David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has announced that he is appointing Geraint Jones as the statutory reviewer for ... read more

New chairman of IDAB
Published : 23 January 2013

new Chair of the Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) and the reappointment of Philip Sturrock for a second term as a member of the board. ... read more

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