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Localism in a hung parliament

October 10, 2014 by Andrew Walker

A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on. 135 days after their last national election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This…

Photos from the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s Summer Reception

July 18, 2013 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group’s summer reception took place on Monday 15th July on the sunny House of Commons terrace. Heather Wheeler MP, Chair of the APPG, kindly hosted the event and we were joined by the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and…

Local Growth according to Pickles

March 7, 2013 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14

December 19, 2012 by Marian Ogun

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the Local Government Finance Settlement Consultation 2013/2014 to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December. Find out more here.

The new DCLG line-up

September 5, 2012 by Rob Dale

As Dan Drillsma-Milgrom reported for the LGC “David Cameron’s first wide-ranging ministerial reshuffle has seen local government left with a substantially changed ministerial team at the Department for Communities & Local Government”. Here’s the new team and their responsibilites: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Eric Pickles Responsible for: The…

Pickles invites bloggers deeper into the Town Hall

August 23, 2012 by Rob Dale

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, seems to love transparency. Back in June 2010 he asked councils to publish all spending data over £500. His department matched it and just last week announced they were lowering the threshold by half. Yesterday Mr. Pickles attacked the BBC,…

Soon all spending data over £250 will be published online

August 15, 2012 by Rob Dale

Since August 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government  has been publishing details of all goods and services spent over £500 – matching a demand it made of councils in June of that year. Now it appears Eland House is upping the ante. A press release came out today…

Taking forward Community Budgets

April 4, 2012 by LGiU

Community Budgets were introduced in October 2010 as part of the Spending Review with the aim of bringing different national and local funding streams together into a single local funding pot and, by doing so enabling various different local agencies, local authorities included, “to redesign services around the needs of citizens,…

Local government’s Magna Carta’ needs to bring communities with it

March 9, 2012 by Majeed Neky

Readers au fait with Coalition localism rhetoric will know that we are the most centralised country in Europe – though many of us may fear that not enough is being done about it. As the implementation of many of the best publicised elements of the Localism Act starts to rumble along, less…

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