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  1. 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,...

  2. 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 elected...

  1. 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...

  2. 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 budget...

  3. 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 independent...

  4. 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 conservation...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 affected by...

  7. 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 attempt...

  8. 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. Ministers...

  9. 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 new...

  10. 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 government...

  11. 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 running...

  12. 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 creation,...

  13. 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’...

  14. 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 ones as...

  15. 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, has...

  16. 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 the...

  17. 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 of...

  18. 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 made...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 the...

  21. June 26, 2013

    UK cuts will ‘stretch essential services to breaking point’

    Further steep cuts in funding for local councils “will stretch essential services to breaking point in many areas”, Sir...

  22. June 26, 2013

    Spending review: Holdouts get best deal

    If George Osborne ever conducts another spending review, his cabinet colleagues have learnt one thing from Wednesday's...

  23. June 20, 2013

    Ministers aim to slash costly NHS medicines bill by 20%

    Health ministers are seeking to slash the NHS medicines bill by imposing a discount of up to a fifth on prescription drug...

  24. June 14, 2013

    Portas attacks decision to allow Tesco superstore in Margate

    Mary Portas, who is advising the government on saving Britain’s struggling high streets, has attacked a decision by Eric...

  25. June 10, 2013

    London boroughs combine to sign ‘radical’ outsourcing deal

    The radical “tri-borough” project to combine services at three London councils has completed its first big outsourcing deal,...

  26. Westminster Blog

    June 7, 2013

    Eric Pickles lunges for slice of the health budget

    As the battle for a share of the spending round spoils escalates, other departments are pressing ahead with attempts to...

  27. May 24, 2013

    Unesco warns several big projects pose threat to UK heritage

    The government should halt work on several big construction projects, including a proposed £600m development at Waterloo...

  28. May 24, 2013

    Fifth arrest over Woolwich attack

    A fifth person has been arrested in the investigation into the killing of a soldier on a London street as the inquiry...

  29. April 29, 2013

    Drive for NHS to share pain of savings

    Cabinet ministers will on Tuesday mount a collective attack on the “ringfence” protecting the NHS from budget cuts, as the...

  30. April 19, 2013

    Fine for my backyard, not my neighbour’s

    ‘Eric Pickles has promised a hasty rethink of proposals to let homeowners bulldoze their back gardens without planning...

  31. April 17, 2013

    Planning recovery

    An outbreak of parliamentary Nimbyism has forced the coalition government to back down on plans that would have allowed...

  32. April 16, 2013

    Rebellious MPs force planning rethink

    Eric Pickles has promised a hasty rethink of proposals to let homeowners bulldoze their back gardens without planning...

  33. April 3, 2013

    Ministry staff to shift in shake-up

    The communities department and its 1,200 civil servants will be moved from their current home and squeezed into the Home...

  34. March 31, 2013

    Pan-London pensions may need legal push

    Plans to merge London’s local authority pension funds into a single pan-capital scheme may need a legislative push to get it...

  35. Westminster Blog

    March 27, 2013

    Planning row between National Trust and coalition comes to a head

    Countryside campaigners on Wednesday have warned about the “truly irreversible damage” taking place because of an overhaul...

  36. March 27, 2013

    Campaigners warn on planning dangers

    Countryside campaigners on Wednesday warn about the “truly irreversible damage” taking place because of the overhaul of the...

  37. March 18, 2013

    Heseltine bites back at Pickles

    Ministers are being a bit disingenuous in saying they have accepted 81 of Lord Heseltine’s 89 recommendations on growth. In...

  38. March 17, 2013

    London pension plan hits fund houses

    The biggest losers in a proposed shake-up of local authority pension schemes in London, which would see more than 30...

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