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Communities Secretary John Denham today called on councils to sign community contracts with local residents as a way to drive up the standard of local services and announced support to help them to do it.
Housing Minister John Healey has hailed the start of the biggest council house building programme in nearly two decades as work began today on the first of over two thousand new homes to help tackle waiting list pressures.
Housing Minister John Healey has today urged struggling homeowners to make it their New Year's Resolution to seek early help, take control of their finances and avoid repossession - and pledged extra Government support to help them stay in their homes.
Billions of pounds of public money will be subject to increased scrutiny by citizens and councils, Communities Secretary John Denham announced today.
Housing Minister John Healey today said Government funding for housebuilding has hit £2billion since June as he announced a further £278m for an extra 5,000 affordable homes across the country.
A new local government Task Force will drive value for money efficiencies and protect frontline services, Communities Secretary John Denham announced today.
An overhaul of the planning system that will give Town Halls the tools they need to boost business growth and provide new safeguards for town centres and local markets was published today.
Communities Minister Ian Austin has today outlined proposals on how the public will have more access to Ordnance Survey mapping data from next year, as part of a Government drive to open up data to improve transparency.
New measures to help people get fairer treatment when building work goes wrong were published today as part of a consultation on boosting the professional standards for builders and tradesmen in approved competent person schemes.
Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton today announced the first members of a new panel set to recognise the public sector's brightest and most innovative ideas.
Councils must give their area an 'economic healthcheck' to work out what needs to be done to get them on the road to recovery, Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton announced today.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey today announced a package of measures to streamline the planning system, help businesses deliver projects quickly and drive down costs during recovery.
A new Civic Health report that will take the pulse of modern England and allow people to see how voting patterns, social habits and feelings of belonging vary across the country is being developed by Government.
New rules to compel local authorities to fully disclose the pay and perks of top posts and name those earning more than £150,000 were set in law today announced Communities Secretary John Denham.
Demonstrating Government's commitment to the people affected by the floods in Cumbria, Communities Secretary John Denham will today visit Cockermouth where he will meet and pay tribute to the excellent work done by local authority staff.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today launched proposals for a more consumer-friendly green rating for homes that will help green-proof properties and reduce future utility bills in the most energy efficient homes.
Fire Minister, Shahid Malik has today announced the appointment of a new chair and four board members to Firebuy Limited.
Housing Minister John Healey today announced a further 265 stalled housing developments shortlisted for a share of up to £550m to help get building work on over 22,400 homes back on track and support up to 12,000 jobs - including 1,000 apprentices.
More key decision-makers for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) were appointed today, Tuesday 15 December.
Housing Minister John Healey has today extended free advice for families facing the threat of repossession, with an extra £4m to ensure this vital lifeline continues into the New Year.