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    1. July 19, 2015

      Local cuts checker

      Between 2009-10 and 2014-15 spending by England’s 300-plus local authorities was cut by a fifth — more than twice the...

    2. July 19, 2015

      Austerity state: Ammunition for ‘armchair auditors’

      When Sir Eric Pickles abolished the watchdog charged with overseeing England’s councils, the then-local government...

    1. June 9, 2015

      Housebuilding on protected UK greenbelt soars

      Housebuilding on protected greenbelt land in the UK has risen sharply during the past five years, driven by the sale of...

    2. May 22, 2015

      Former communities secretary Eric Pickles awarded knighthood

      Relieved of his role as the UK’s communities secretary in last week’s cabinet reshuffle, Eric Pickles was on Friday...

    3. May 8, 2015

      Conservative councils less likely to approve housebuilding schemes

      Local councils under Conservative control are less likely to approve large housebuilding schemes than Labour ones,...

    4. April 23, 2015

      Mayor of Tower Hamlets stripped of office by High Court

      The mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London has been found guilty of engaging in corrupt and illegal practices and...

    5. April 9, 2015

      Tories are blocking housebuilding, suggest data

      Housebuilding plans are being blocked by the government in the run-up to the general election to avoid antagonising...

    6. February 20, 2015

      Tottenham Hotspur stadium gets go-ahead

      Tottenham Hotspur cleared the final legal hurdle on Friday to build a 56,000 capacity stadium when a High Court judge...

    7. January 27, 2015

      Plans to regenerate London’s Old Oak Common clear hurdle

      Plans to build “the Canary Wharf of west London”, including thousands of homes and a railway hub capable of handling...

    8. December 12, 2014

      Councils net £667m in parking charges

      Local councils in England made £667m in profit from parking charges in the last financial year, according to RAC...

    9. November 11, 2014

      Second wave of UK enterprise zones planned

      Eric Pickles is pressing for a second tranche of enterprise zones as part of the government’s push to devolve more...

    10. November 4, 2014

      Minister threatens to take over Tower Hamlets

      The east London council that covers the Canary Wharf financial district looks set to come under central government...

    11. October 29, 2014

      Creative businesses face threat from homes policy, Portas warns

      Mary Portas, the government’s high street champion, has joined fashion and digital business leaders to warn that...

    12. October 9, 2014

      City should be spared resident evil

      Free markets are threatening the future of the City. That is the paradox of a government plan to allow offices to be...

    13. July 8, 2014

      Smithfield market saved from partial demolition

      London’s historic Smithfield Market has been protected from partial demolition after the government ruled against a...

    14. June 10, 2014

      Government to end London’s prohibitive renting laws

      Ministers are to scrap 40-year-old laws that prevent London residents from renting out their homes on a short-term...

    15. June 6, 2014

      Shell Centre redevelopment passed despite heritage concerns

      Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, has approved plans to redevelop the 1960s Shell Centre on London’s South Bank,...

    16. June 4, 2014

      Eric Pickles clamps down on onshore wind farm applications

      Eric Pickles has turned down applications to build 10 onshore wind farms in the past year, prompting accusations that...

    17. April 7, 2014

      Only 1 in 10 councils uses powers to cut local business rates

      Only one in 10 councils have used the powers given to them by the coalition to cut business rates to help companies,...

    18. April 4, 2014

      Police asked to probe London borough

      Police have been asked by a cabinet minister to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement involving the...

    19. February 16, 2014

      UK Conservatives face defeat unless they woo ethnic voters

      David Cameron has an ethnic minority problem. With just 16 per cent of support among voters across these communities in...

    20. February 10, 2014

      Government told of risk posed to flood defences from funding cuts

      Thames flood water reaches highest level in decades The Environment Agency has had to endure “massive” cuts to its...

    21. February 10, 2014

      Q&A: Has government faced down flood tide?

      Has spending on flood defences gone down under the current government? Ministers insist not, but analysis by the...

    22. February 10, 2014

      Henderson counts cost of battle for Smithfield

      A once-in-a-decade planning battle has erupted in the City of London that is pitting two small but influential...

    23. February 10, 2014

      Cameron defends Environment Agency in flood damage row

      Thames flood water reaches highest level in decades David Cameron has given tentative support to Lord Smith, the...

    24. February 9, 2014

      Eric Pickles apologises to flood victims over lack of dredging

      Eric Pickles, the local government secretary, has apologised “unreservedly” to residents of southwestern England...

    25. February 4, 2014

      Eric Pickles fails in attempt to curb council tax rises to 1.5%

      Local authorities will be able to increase council tax 2 per cent in the coming year. Cabinet ministers thwarted an...

    26. Westminster Blog

      February 4, 2014

      EXC: Lib Dems veto Pickle's council tax cuts

      One of the government’s main tax-cutting drives has been to encourage councils to keep tax rises to a minimum....

    27. January 31, 2014

      Eric Pickles set to announce new 1.5% cap on UK council tax rises

      Local authorities are to face an even tighter squeeze to their finances this year with Eric Pickles set to announce a...

    28. January 22, 2014

      Pickles flags hostility to EU

      In Ukraine, the EU flag is a symbol of defiance and hope; in Britain, the star-spangled emblem is so loathed in...

    29. November 14, 2013

      Tory grassroots mow down plans for new garden cities

      Plans for a new generation of garden cities announced by David Cameron last year have been all but killed off after...

    30. October 7, 2013

      Enterprise zones to receive an extra £100m to push jobs creation

      The government is making an extra £100m available to England’s 24 enterprise zones in an effort to speed up job...

    31. October 4, 2013

      UK government pushes for longer-term tenancies

      Tenants could soon find it easier to lock into longer-term rental contracts, after the government unveiled a “tenants’...

    32. Westminster Blog

      September 25, 2013

      Miliband dodges fundamental review of business rates for now

      While Labour’s promised freeze in business rates will help many small companies in April 2015 – and plenty of large...

    33. September 4, 2013

      Shell’s £1.5bn UK headquarter revamp in doubt

      The £1.5bn redevelopment of Shell’s UK headquarters, the centrepiece of one of London’s largest regeneration projects,...

    34. Westminster Blog

      September 2, 2013

      Retailers are not coming back to the high street - says Mary Portas

      Ten out of the 12 towns picked for a “Portas Pilot” high street makeover have seen a fall in occupied retail units in...

    35. August 13, 2013

      Ministers deny loan guarantee schemes will cause UK housing bubble

      Developers and politicians have hit back at claims that the government’s housing stimulus measures are promoting a wave...

    36. August 13, 2013

      Midlands tops the Help to Buy league

      The latest Help to Buy figures are out and show that more than 10,000 reservations for new-build properties have been...

    37. August 13, 2013

      Help to Buy scheme assists 10,000 people to purchase new-build homes

      The Help to Buy scheme has helped 10,000 aspiring homeowners to reserve properties for new-build homes and boosted the...

    38. July 19, 2013

      Welfare and the Tinker Bell policy

      ‘The benefit cap starts being introduced across the country today, restoring fairness to the welfare state . . . with...

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