July, 2019


County authorities urge clarity over funding for councils next year in new five-point plan for the government

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County Councils Network (CCN) published a new five-point plan for the new government – with local authorities urging for ‘immediate clarity’ over resource for councils next year, and a ‘cast-iron commitment’ to the Fair Funding Review. The document, a Five-Point... (Continue reading)

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PM pledges new Manchester-Leeds Rail Route to unleash regional growth


A new new Trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds is confirmed, as the Prime Minister sets out a domestic agenda to turbo-charge regional growth and prosperity. In a speech in Manchester, Boris Johnson will reaffirm that one of his... (Continue reading)

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Prime Minister launches new Growth Deals funding as he kicks off Union visits in Scotland


Prime Minister will make his first official visit to Scotland where he will announce the expansion of Growth Deals across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, backed by £300 million of new funding. Making the announcement when he visits a military... (Continue reading)

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Labour announces multi billion pound investment in Mersey Tidal Power Project to tackle the climate emergency


Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party visited Liverpool to announce major plans for a £3.5 billion investment in the Mersey Tidal Power Project as part of Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution to address the climate emergency and boost investment... (Continue reading)

Senior councillors approve £20million for park and rides at Temple Green and Alwoodley


Senior councillors at the council’s executive board on Wednesday 24 July, agreed to progress plans for a new 550-space car park and ride at Alwoodley and up to 400 additional car spaces at Temple Green. Together these sites along with... (Continue reading)

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Mayor approves more than 800 new homes in Barnet

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A major development in north west London of 844 new homes – of which 41 per cent will be affordable – has been approved by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Plans to redevelop the disused Pentavia Retail Park in... (Continue reading)

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London Assembly reminds Boris Johnson of his promises


London Assembly has written to Boris Johnson, to remind him of the commitments he made when he was Mayor of London. Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly said: “We held the new Prime Minister to account robustly... (Continue reading)

FSB: New Education Secretary must make apprenticeships a priority


Following the appointment of Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Education, it is crucial that he turns his attention to apprenticeships, the FSB says. Not only has the number of apprenticeships in smaller firms declined, the funding for these... (Continue reading)

Committee: Greater transparency needed for calculating funding for devolved administrations

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Funding arrangements for the devolved administrations are complicated and are becoming more so as tax and social security powers are further devolved, requiring adjustments to the way their funding is calculated, according to Public Accounts Committee. The largest part of... (Continue reading)

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Making UK manufacturing smarter: apply for funding

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Industrial digital technologies driven by artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things have the potential to significantly increase the productivity of UK manufacturing. The Made Smarter Review 2017 commissioned by the UK government estimated that industrial digitalisation could increase... (Continue reading)

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