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Cutting the carbon footprint of street signs and opening up empty business premises for community use, are just two of the radical new plans announced today by Communities Secretary John Denham in response to ideas generated by local communities.
Councils across the country will get a share of a £146million funding pot to plan and deliver new homes, Housing Minister John Healey today confirmed.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey will today give a boost to rural communities with proposals to give a special planning power to parish councils to build new affordable homes.
Communities Secretary John Denham today announced four new steps to strengthen voluntary, charity and community groups.
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today confirmed that a partnership of councils in Essex have expressed an interest using world-leading eco-town standards.
As new business rates bills take effect from today, Communities Secretary John Denham has reassured businesses that the majority of them - 60 per cent - will see their bills fall.
Housing Minister John Healey has today published new guidance for council and housing association landlords, outlining how they can use the powers available to them to crack-down on anti-social behaviour and improve the lives of their tenants.
Housing Minister John Healey has today given councils stronger local powers to tackle unprofessional private landlords who offer substandard accommodation, by introducing licensing schemes in local problem areas.
All 8 million social housing tenants will be guaranteed clear standards of service from their landlord from today as new regulations from the Tenant Services Authority come into force.
Minister for Housing and Planning John Healey has today announced a wider remit for the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit. This builds upon its existing role in providing independent and expert advice to improve housing market affordability.
The project to deliver new FiReControl centres that will answer 999 calls to the Fire and Rescue Service and improve public and firefighter safety should continue, according to a Parliamentary Select Committee report published today.
A historic milestone on the road towards transforming Britain into a 21st century digital economy was reached today as Communities Secretary John Denham announced that fundamental Ordnance Survey data would be made available to the public for free.
Citizens should expect their public services and councils to get it right first time and give their customers the same quality service they would get from the best of the private sector, Local Government Minister Barbara Follett said today.
Housing Minister John Healey has today announced £83 million to get building over 5,700 new and affordable homes stalled by the recession back on track.
The Board of the National Tenant Voice has met for the first time after Housing Minister John Healey approved its board appointments, and has selected Michael Gelling as its Chair.
Communities Minister Lord McKenzie has today granted over £165m to help local councils pay for adaptations that will enable disabled people to live comfortably and independently in their own homes.
Historic plans for the country's first ever Combined Authority covering the whole of Greater Manchester to drive locally the region's economic growth were launched by Communities Secretary John Denham today.
New quality of life scorecards for every local authority that offer a unique insight into the state of the nation and challenge the notion that Britain is broken have been published today.
A pot of £280million is being given to councils today so they can continue to improve services from crucial skills and jobs programmes to arts facilities for young people to town centre regeneration projects, announced Rosie Winterton today.
A further £23m investment to improve the crucial North Kent road network was announced today by Communities Secretary John Denham.