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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.
Billions of pounds of public money will be subject to increased scrutiny by citizens and councils, Communities Secretary John Denham announced today.
A new local government Task Force will drive value for money efficiencies and protect frontline services, Communities Secretary John Denham announced today.
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.
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.
Communities Secretary John Denham and Housing Minister John Healey have welcomed the Pre-Budget Report as a fair outcome for local government - but one that sets it a clear challenge to protect frontline services in the future.
Communities Secretary John Denham welcomes tough new test for public services putting the customer first. A powerful new tool giving local people unprecedented information about the standard of public services in their area.
The Boundary Committee has now given its advice on whether there could be alternative unitary councils in Suffolk, Norfolk and Devon.
Communities Secretary John Denham today hailed Putting the frontline first: Smarter Government for its radical vision to streamline Government and transform frontline services to put local people first.
Today the Government is giving a further £2.6 million to fifty more high streets, announced Communities Secretary John Denham.
Local people will be able to demand their councils to take action on under-performing schools and hospitals, alcohol disorder, anti-social behaviour and other concerns under new proposals to give real teeth to local petitions...
A pioneering agreement has devolved new powers to Leeds City Region to take control of its economic recovery, Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton announced today (27 November 2009).
English councils will get a four per cent funding increase for next year thanks to the government's continued commitment to high quality services even in a time of constrained public expenditure, confirmed Local Government Minister Barbara Follett today.
Local Government Minister, Rosie Winterton, and Environment Minister, Huw Irranca Davies, has met representatives from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to discuss the insurance industry's role in the response to the recent floods in Cumbria.
Councils and their partners from across the country are going head to head in a new government scheme designed to find the public sector's brightest ideas.
Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton was in Cumbria on Sunday 22 November to see for herself how recovery efforts are helping those affected by the recent flooding.
The majority of business rate bills - one million in total - will fall next year as a result of revaluation, the Government confirmed today.
Councils will have new powers to engineer economic recovery locally, following the Royal Assent of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill.
Families who haven't worked for years will be helped to climb out of poverty and into employment through a new £40 million job and skills drive, announced Communities Secretary John Denham today.