May, 2019


Council secures largest ever Salix loan in Scotland to fund energy improvements

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The Highland Council has secured a £3.5m interest-free loan from Salix Finance to invest in energy efficiency measures across the Council estate. The loan, which is the largest Salix has awarded in Scotland, match-funds the Council’s self-financing investments in energy... (Continue reading)

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IFS: The tax system reduces inequality – but benefits do most of the heavy lifting

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New IFS analysis, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, finds that though benefits do much of the work in reducing income inequality, taxes also redistribute from rich to poor, and are responsible for at least a fifth of... (Continue reading)

Business support for social enterprises


More funding for free advice service. Social enterprises are to benefit from £5 million of new funding to enable them to access free specialist business advice. The service gives one-to-one advice and workshops on specialist topics such as start-ups, business... (Continue reading)

Council approves more investment for transformative rural broadband

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Stirling Council is investing almost £90,000 in three superfast broadband projects as it continues to make significant progress in transforming the connectivity of rural communities. Trossachs Community Trust will receive £50,000 to design, build and operate a mixture of wireless... (Continue reading)

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North Lanarkshire Council has ambitious vision for the future

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North Lanarkshire Council has ambitious plans for developing the area and improving services, and it now needs to work with partners to better involve and engage with residents and staff to achieve these. A report by the local authority watchdog,... (Continue reading)

Vital local bypass gets green light

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Motorists in Hertfordshire could see nearly an hour a week cut from their journeys along a key route, thanks to a £40 million investment. Roads Minister Jesse Norman confirmed the Department for Transport will provide £27.4 million, almost three quarters... (Continue reading)

GMB: ‘Green revolution’ must deliver UK jobs


GMB, the energy union, today calls on companies and the Government to make sure Britain’s ‘green revolution’ delivers UK jobs. Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “This is an acute example of a large scale problem across the whole UK... (Continue reading)

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Transport Committee: Government must set out bus strategy to halt decline in bus use


A lack of co-ordinated Government policy and squeezed funding for local authorities is driving bus use into decline, says the Transport Committee. Clear ambitions for bus use needed from Government Most parts of England saw bus use fall and hundreds... (Continue reading)

£55million Homes England grant funding to boost development of 4,000 homes


Homes England has agreed funding deals with 12 local authorities to deliver 4,000 homes across England. The funding totalling £55million has been awarded through the Government’s £450 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) Programme and will support local authorities with... (Continue reading)

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Council launches £40m investment campaign for roads and pavements

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Havering Council has launched a new campaign, ploughing £40 million into improving the borough’s roads and pavements. Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White, officially launched the new programme of works at an event in The Mount, Noak Hill Road,... (Continue reading)

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