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  1. June 18, 2014

    Local growth fund set to announce £2bn winning bids

    Winning bids for a £2bn pot of central government money to be handed over to English regions will be announced next month,...

  2. March 25, 2014

    Ministers warn over £2bn regional growth bids

    Ministers may refuse to hand out £2bn of money allocated to help boost economies outside London, after judging many of the...

  1. March 11, 2013

    London to bolster Islamic finance credentials

    The UK government has set up an “Islamic finance task force” to reinforce London’s position as the dominant western hub for...

  2. February 17, 2013

    Treasury acts on hedging product mis-sale

    Banks could face a wave of small companies demanding the suspension of potentially mis-sold interest rate hedging products...

  3. February 6, 2013

    Clamour mounts for UK banking clean-up

    Greg Clark, City minister, promised to make Britain’s banks the cleanest in the world after what he called “another day of...

  4. January 31, 2013

    Lenders seek to cap latest scandal

    The order for Britain’s biggest banks to review all sales of interest rate hedging products to small businesses is the...

  5. January 27, 2013

    Businesses concerned over swap compensation

    Leaders of small businesses say they are “gravely concerned” that a compensation scheme to be announced by the Financial...

  6. October 29, 2012

    Twenty cities to be given more control

    Twenty cities are being given the chance to wrest powers from central government in a drive to boost economic growth across...

  7. October 17, 2012

    Libor to be regulated ‘without delay’

    The setting of Libor will become a regulated activity and submitting false information or otherwise tampering with the...

  8. October 16, 2012

    Clark warns banks to purge tainted staff

    Britain’s banks must purge those remaining staff who are tainted by scandal or who fail to grasp the need for a complete...

  9. October 3, 2012

    City minister promotes tough rules to EU

    The EU should stand firm and enact tough laws on market abuse, including hefty fines for wrongdoing, the new UK City...

  10. September 28, 2012

    Libor reform to become law next year

    Investors, government ministers and industry groups across the UK have welcomed Martin Wheatley’s plan to reform Libor as a...

  11. September 28, 2012

    UK promises to reform Libor

    Martin Wheatley’s plan to reform Libor in the wake of a rate-fixing scandal has been welcomed by senior figures in...

  12. September 18, 2012

    Financial regulator’s powers outlined

    The government plans to give the UK’s new financial stability regulator powers to impose capital surcharges on lending to...

  13. July 4, 2012

    Cities grab government purse strings

    England’s provincial cities are to receive power over billions of pounds in central government spending on transport, skills...

  14. May 7, 2012

    Regional policy battered after local vote

    With the government’s regional policy in tatters after nine out of the 12 biggest English cities refused to embrace elected...

  15. May 7, 2012

    UK cities seek powers to boost growth

    A dozen cities in the south-east have called on the government to launch a second round of “city deals”, under which powers...

  16. April 17, 2012

    Cities cool on offer to elect a mayor

    Plans for elected mayors could be a damp squib, with as few as three cities voting in favour in next month’s referendums,...

  17. April 12, 2012

    Cross-party group pushes case for elected mayors

    Greg Clark is on a mission to correct what he sees as Labour’s “emasculation” of Britain’s largest cities and its obsession...

  18. March 29, 2012

    Mayoral race lures MP from Labour’s top team

    A senior member of Labour’s frontbench team is set to quit the shadow cabinet to run for mayor of Birmingham amid...

  19. March 27, 2012

    Planning laws unveiled with pro-growth pledge

    Unveiling the biggest shake-up of planning laws in half a century, ministers sought on Tuesday to assuage the green lobby’s...

  20. March 27, 2012

    Better laid plans

    The UK coalition government has admirably stuck to its guns in its reform of the planning regime in England, based on a...

  21. March 27, 2012

    Planning rules make growth the key

    Britain’s complex planning rules have been slimmed down to a 50-page set of guidelines, which ministers claim will give new...

  22. March 20, 2012

    Manchester to ‘earn back’ some tax paid by business

    Greater Manchester will keep some of the national taxes its businesses pay in what government says is a UK first and...

  23. January 24, 2012

    Elections of mayors planned for November

    Elections for mayors in up to 11 of England’s biggest cities will go ahead in November – subject to the outcome of...

  24. January 22, 2012

    Economic disparities among cities widening

    Economic disparities among Britain’s cities are widening as they feel the impact of the downturn, according to an annual...

  25. Westminster Blog

    December 8, 2011

    Clegg slams Tory colleagues who "polarise" public v private sectors

    Nick Clegg is to sound a critical note against his Tory cabinet colleagues by warning in a speech that the debate about cuts...

  26. December 8, 2011

    Clegg cautions Tories over cuts agenda

    Nick Clegg is to sound a critical note against his Tory cabinet colleagues by warning in a speech that the debate about cuts...

  27. Westminster Blog

    October 5, 2011

    Full steam ahead for controversial planning reforms

    One of the dogs that didn’t bark this week was the planning row between the National Trust et al and the government. Those...

  28. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2011

    How presumption in favour of development existed for half a century

    The tactics in the battle of Daily Telegraph v George Osborne/Greg Clark over the planning system are the equivalent of...

  29. September 20, 2011

    Oh the innocence of the BC days

    Those innocent days BC – before the coalition – seem a distant memory for Liberal Democrats, meeting in conditions of...

  30. Westminster Blog

    September 20, 2011

    Ministers authorise more than 6,000 homes against local wishes

    A little-known facet of the planning system is that scores of big decisions every year are taken not by locals but from...

  31. September 19, 2011

    Housebuilding data undermine localism claim

    Ministers have authorised the construction of more than 6,000 homes against the wishes of elected councillors since the...

  32. Westminster Blog

    September 19, 2011

    Greg Clark love-bombed by Lib Dems

    Nestled amongst the yellow revellers at CentreForum’s Lib Dem bash late last night was none other than Greg Clark, the Tory...

  33. Westminster Blog

    September 12, 2011

    The reality at the heart of the planning row

    The row over changes to the planning system has been both angry and loud, polarising opinion in a stark manner. On the one...

  34. September 7, 2011

    National Trust demands assurance on planning

    The National Trust has rebuffed a ministerial invitation to start talks on the coalition’s planning reforms until it gets an...

  35. September 6, 2011

    Insurrection in the sceptred isle

    Forget mindless rioting in UK cities. Rebellion in the countryside could yet be a more insidious problem for David Cameron....

  36. September 4, 2011

    Osborne weighs in on planning row

    George Osborne has vowed to defeat the gathering alliance of conservationists and Tory traditionalists in the growing row...

  37. August 29, 2011

    Transport groups criticise planning reforms

    The shake-up of England’s planning laws is likely to lead to the construction of more out-of town business parks, adding to...

  38. August 26, 2011

    Industry warns on housing shortfall

    The housing shortage in England is set to worsen during the next three years as data reveal planning permission approvals...

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