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  • Core city councils and LEPs team up to boost regional growthThe eight core cities in England have set up a new board with their corresponding Local Enterprise Partnerships in a bid to boost jobs and investment outside London and the south east. 31 July 2014
  • Building site Bids invited for £3m housing fast-track fundHousing minister Brandon Lewis has urged councils to submit bids for a £3m fund intended to quicken the planning process for new developments, amid concerns that construction could be hampered by delays in signing off agreements. 30 July 2014
  • Library worker Give volunteers council tax discount, says LGAPeople who volunteer across a host of community services including leisure centres and libraries should receive £100 off their council tax bill, the Local Government Association has suggested today. 29 July 2014
  • Fracking Councils demand bigger share of fracking proceedsCouncils have called for local communities to be given as much as 10% of the revenues from local shale gas initiatives after the government opened up the bidding processes for fracking sites. 28 July 2014


  • CIPFA roundtable If truth be toldShould public sector finance managers be more open with the public about the effects of cuts in services? Participants at a recent CIPFA roundtable debate on health and social care funding certainly think so 27 June 2014
  • Mike Owen - July 2014 Mike Owen: Driving forceCIPFA's new president is said to be 'fearless, but never reckless', despite his enthusiasm for sports cars and speedboats. Mike Owen tells PF about his goals for the year ahead and life in the public finance fast lane 26 June 2014
  • Smart Thinking June 2014 In the teeth of a crisisAs local government faces up to a growing funding gap, it should be investing in research into the role that digital technologies can play 05 June 2014
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