New sub-regional transport bodies could be handed powers to make decisions on capital funding for local transport schemes, the Department for Transport has announced.
Some 32 bids have been sent by councils and businesses across the UK expressing interest in housing the Green Investment Bank (GIB).
Council leaders have called for support to help Britain weather the risks posed by climate change at local level. esponding to the Government’s climate change risk assessment ? published yesterday ? the Local Government Association (LGA) underlined the threat posed by hotter summers and more frequent extreme weather events.
The 50 primary care trust clusters could set up as many as 41 commissioning support services nationwide, an investigation by LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal has revealed.
Care minister Paul Burstow has insisted there is no crisis in the funding of social care. Giving evidence to the health select committee on Tuesday, Mr Burstow left MPs incredulous after he argued that a combination of government funding and council efficiencies should be able to fill any gap between the demand for care services and the resources available to meet that demand.
Business leaders have challenged local government’s commitment to investment and compared it poorly to civic leadership in the rest of Europe, LGA chair Sir Merrick Cockell has said.
Councils may look to local asset backed vehicles to solve the problem of funding infrastructure in a downturn
A round table debate organised at think-tank Localis with Berwin Leighton Paisner discussed the question: is the Localism Act a lawyers’ charter?
One element of the NHS reforms has prompted little conversation ? the reconnection of local government to health, says Localis’ Alex Thomson
Richard Carr, Research Fellow, Localis discusses the Private Finance initiative (PFI) and how local authorities can deliver short-term growth without incurring long-term public debt.