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Freedom of Information
Published : 25 February 2013

Introduction Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is a duty on public authorities generally (including local councils, parish meetings ... read more

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (Commencement) Order 2012; SI2012/3173(C.124)
Published : 25 February 2013

This Order brings into force on 31 January 2013 sections 1 and 2 of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. These sections require certain ... read more

Adapt or die
Published : 25 February 2013

Mark Prisk, the Local Growth Minister, has issued a warning to high streets across the country that they need to adapt to meet the changing needs ... read more

Empower councils to end their ‘subservience’ to Whitehall
Published : 25 February 2013

Councils should be able to raise their own revenues, such as a “tourist tax”, to supplement central funding if backed by residents, ... read more

New models of devolution
Published : 25 February 2013

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) joined forces to launch new ways of working between ... read more

Finalised local government settlement delivers 1.3% change
Published : 25 February 2013

The Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis, has confirmed that this year’s innovative local government settlement is built on the principle ... read more

Parish and town council borrowing approval
Published : 25 February 2013

Local council borrowing is governed by schedule 1 to the Local Government Act 2003. Parish and town councils in England have to apply and receive ... read more

New public body will protect forests for future generations
Published : 25 February 2013

A new, independent public body will hold in trust the nation’s publicly-owned forests for future generations, Environment Secretary Owen ... read more

Interactive map of the green belt now on show
Published : 25 February 2013

People can now compare the location of the green belts in England with a range of other datasets including National Park, Local Authority boundaries ... read more

Calls for crackdown after bird of prey poisoning maps are published
Published : 25 February 2013

Maps showing where birds of prey have been poisoned should serve as a wake-up call, Environment Minister Richard Benyon said. The maps, published ... read more

All dogs in England to get free microchips
Published : 25 February 2013

All dogs in England will need to be micro chipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets, Environment Secretary Owen ... read more

Car parks information sheet
Published : 25 February 2013

ACRE has produced a comprehensive car parks information sheet packed with guidance for village halls on the points they need to consider when ... read more

English competition
Published : 25 February 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has challenged charities, businesses, local authorities and the adult education and English language sector ... read more

Seaside towns to get a £16 million boost for projects from Coastal Communities Fund
Published : 25 February 2013

Seaside towns are receiving a big cash boost for projects that will create thousands of jobs and bring new business opportunities to coastal ... read more

New support for local libraries and businesses
Published : 25 February 2013

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced his support for a £1.2 million project to turn six libraries into new ‘innovation ... read more

Flood defences get green light
Published : 25 February 2013

More than 64,000 more homes will be better protected from the devastating effects of flooding after 93 new flood defences were given the green ... read more

Charities push for greater people power in health and care services
Published : 25 February 2013

Four leading national charities have joined forces to encourage more people and communities to get involved and have a say on how health and ... read more

Common sense restored to Health and Safety
Published : 25 February 2013

Two reports reveal that the Government is making rapid progress in restoring common sense to health and safety and saving businesses millions ... read more

Boundary Commission for England closure of 2013 review
Published : 25 February 2013

As a result of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 receiving Royal Assent on 31 January 2013, the date of the next boundary ... read more

Homes bonus boosts spending power for local communities
Published : 25 February 2013

Councils and communities that have welcomed growth in their area are getting a major boost to their spending power, Housing Minister Mark Prisk ... read more

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