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Housing agency refocus to help get more homes built

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Wide-ranging review of the Homes and Communities Agency will help improve its efficiency and provide greater focus to its housebuilding work. The government has published a wide-ranging review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that will help improve its... (Continue reading)

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Improving Corporate Governance and Company Behaviours – public procurement has a role

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The Government’s recently published Green Paper on Corporate Governance is widely regarded as disappointing by many in the public sector and trade unions. Whilst there are some important and positive proposals for improving accountability and transparency, especially in respect of... (Continue reading)

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Denbighshire County Council has improved its procurement guidelines

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Denbighshire County Council is helping local businesses by improving its procurement procedures. The Council is making it easier for firms based in Denbighshire to apply for contracts as part of the £100 million spent with private and third sector organisations... (Continue reading)

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New build housing development for west Edinburgh

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West Edinburgh is set for a housing boost after the City of Edinburgh Council signed a contract with Keepmoat for a £35m housing-led regeneration project. The major development will see 316 houses and flats built, with 184 homes for affordable... (Continue reading)

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BCC comments on latest Ofcom plans to reform the digital communications market

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BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on Ofcom’s latest announcement concerning the digital communications market. Commenting on Ofcom’s update on plans to reform the digital communications market, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses and... (Continue reading)

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IoD welcomes ‘pragmatic’ proposals for corporate governance reform

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In response to the publication of the Government’s green paper on corporate governance, Simon Walker, Director General at the Institute of Directors, said: “We are very pleased the Government is kicking off a wide debate on how to ensure UK... (Continue reading)

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Ministers hear from the UK tech industry

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Government ministers have heard from leading technology companies during a roundtable on the forthcoming negotiations with the EU. Continuing the Government’s extensive engagement programme ahead of Article 50 being triggered, ministers Robin Walker and Lord Bridges from the Department for... (Continue reading)

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New tax powers coming to the Scottish Parliament

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St Andrew’s Day sees a major milestone in the transfer of £12 billion worth of income tax powers from Westminster to Holyrood under the Scotland Act 2016. Today, 30th November 2016, the UK Government will make the formal Parliamentary orders... (Continue reading)

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Government pledges £290 million boost for low emission vehicles

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Government committed to reducing carbon emissions from transport and aims for nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050. Thousands of buses and taxis will be made greener and cleaner after the Transport Secretary confirmed a £290... (Continue reading)

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Low carbon industries worth almost £11bn

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Low carbon industries in Scotland generated £10.7 billion in turnover and supported 43,500 jobs in 2014 – according to the first ever ONS figures to include direct and indirect jobs. This accounts for 12.9% of the total UK turnover, and... (Continue reading)

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