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The Parish Councils (General Power of Competence) (Prescribed Conditions) Order 2012 (SI 2012/965)
Published : 25 June 2012

The Secretary of State makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 8(2) and 235(2) of the Localism Act 2011. A ... read more

The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1464)
Published : 25 June 2012

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 30(3) and 235(2) of the Localism Act 2011(1), makes the following Regulations. ... read more

The Local Elections (Declaration of Acceptance of Office) Order 2012 (SI 2012/1465)
Published : 25 June 2012

This Order prescribes the form of declaration of office for members and elected mayors of country, district, London borough and parish councils ... read more

Pension reform proposals agreed with unions
Published : 25 June 2012

The Local Government Association (LGA) and trade unions have announced the outcome of their negotiations on new LGPS proposals (for England and ... read more

Agreement struck to prepare communities for climate change
Published : 25 June 2012

Homes, roads and parks could all be better protected from the effects of climate change after an agreement was struck between ministers and local ... read more

Hefty bin fines cut
Published : 25 June 2012

Hefty fines of more than £100 for small mistakes such as leaving your bin lid open have been cut under changes to the law brought in by ... read more

Planning permission powers firmly in the hands of communities
Published : 25 June 2012

A radical new Right to Build will put the power to grant planning permission firmly in the hands of communities, Housing Minister Grant Shapps ... read more

Parish council bodies propose plan for auditor procurement
Published : 25 June 2012

Two key support bodies for the parish and town council sector have put forward a joint proposal to the Government on the future of audit and ... read more

Tighter checks to keep cowboy builders out
Published : 25 June 2012

New measures have been put in place to help protect people from cowboy builders. Tradesmen who operate under self check schemes, which allow ... read more

High Court find in favour of the landscape over wind
Published : 25 June 2012

High Court judge Mrs Justice Lang has rejected Sea & Land Power & Energy Ltd’s plans for four giant turbines near Hemsby, Great ... read more

Pennine Bridleway goes all the way
Published : 25 June 2012

The official opening of the Pennine Bridleway has taken place. Natural England marked the official opening in a ceremony at the award winning ... read more

Ministers miss opportunity to tackle lighting nuisance
Published : 25 June 2012

Campaigners frustrated as Ministers reject plans to make transport premises and prisons accountable for the light pollution they pump into the ... read more

Councils call for urgent action to tackle soaring rise in metal thefts
Published : 25 June 2012

Metal thieves are costing council taxpayers millions of pounds a year, a new survey of local authorities has revealed. Councils are warning that ... read more

Strategies to revive neighbourhood shops
Published : 25 June 2012

Clearing out the louts, setting up savvy services and rallying round the community are top of a ‘shopping list for success’ that ... read more

EC sets out steps to move the single market up a gear
Published : 25 June 2012

The European Commission has put forward steps to make the EU single market work better for consumers and businesses. Meanwhile, a new study shows ... read more

Cigarette butts a major part of roadside litter
Published : 25 June 2012

Responding to research by a major car breakdown and recovery company which shows 29 million cigarette butts are thrown from cars each year, the ... read more

Rural Communities short-changed
Published : 25 June 2012

People in remote rural communities are often forced to pay more for goods and services, says the Government’s competition watchdog, the ... read more

56 million endowment grants
Published : 25 June 2012

Thirty four arts and heritage organisations across England are set to get a £162 million funding boost after successfully applying for ... read more

Dodgy caravan site owners hitting taxpayers in the pocket
Published : 25 June 2012

Local taxpayers are having to pick up the tab for rogue fixed caravan site owners who overcrowd areas, ignore licensing rules and dump rubbish ... read more

Communities to get more barrier-breaking powers
Published : 25 June 2012

CONSULTATIONS Community groups, social enterprises and volunteers keen to get things done in their area will have new rights to ensure their ... read more

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