Local Government news

Government support remains in place to help people stay in their homes

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has said that a wide range of support is available to support people threatened with homelessness, in particular struggling homeowners. It is imperative that people seek help and advice as early as possible. It comes as new figures out today show that 11,350 households were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty in the first three months of the year.

The Localism Bill marks a turning point

The Localism Bill will change the way the country operates by giving councils and local people the power and incentives to play a positive role in democracy and the economy, Communities Minister Baroness Hanham said today.

By-election results

This week the Conservative Party held a seat in Harrow, north west London. Please click here to read the results in full.

Residents pool together to save community baths

Derbyshire has got its first new swimming pool for 25 years thanks to the actions of some community minded locals. Gayton pool opened in January 2011 after residents in Littleover campaigned to keep their local pool open. The result was a new £1 million pool which has enabled local residents and children to benefit from a range of swimming lessons.

Enterprise Zone competition moves up a gear

The competition to find the location of the next ten Enterprise Zones will be based on proposals that offer the best prospects to increase growth Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

£2.1m funding to Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation

Today Foreign Secretary William Hague and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced a £2.1 million Government contribution to the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to help ensure the lessons of Auschwitz live on for generations to come. The contribution is primarily funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

By-election Results

This week the Conservative Party held a seat in Surrey and the SNP gained a seat from the Liberal Democrats in Aberdeen. To read the results in full, please click here.