The government is giving businesses the opportunity to bid for a share of a £150m pot to help fund training schemes and grow their companies, the skills minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

The Local Government Finance Act, which received Royal Assent on November 1, could deliver £10bn worth of economic gain, according to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

GMB is calling for local authorities to be given powers to levy taxes on underused holiday homes and also to be able to compulsory purchase them in areas with acute housing need.

Decisions to dismiss council chief executives and finance directors will no longer be subject to independent review.

A Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) think tank has said that due to the continuing eurozone recession, the UK will be the fastest growing major economy in Europe in 2013 and 2014.

The government has unveiled its Digital Strategy document, which sketches out how heavily used public services will be made 'digital by default'.

The government has pledged over £1 billion of funding for the creation of seven new university and business research partnerships.

Fewer than one in 10 senior public sector managers back Government plans to outsource more policy-making and strategic decision-making to other sectors, according to a new survey.

Plans to change the way public services are delivered in West Cheshire - saving up to £107m - have been presented to the government.

More than £1bn of public money has been granted to 130 manufacturers, small businesses and Local Enterprise Partnerships across England through the Regional Growth Fund.

Energy firms will be forced to give customers the cheapest available tariff under new laws, David Cameron has announced.

A government website that will save taxpayers up to £70 million by replacing other online public services is going live.

The Government should look to the regions to boost air travel, an airport chief has urged.

Seven of the world's largest energy and engineering firms have joined calls for chancellor George Osborne to restate his support for the green economy regarding the upcoming Energy Bill.

Housing minister Mark Prisk has allocated £1 billion to improve council housing stock over the next two years. The money is aimed to bring 86,000 sub-standard council homes up to a decent standard.

The government will cut another £10bn from the welfare budget within four years, targeting housing benefits for young people and payments for children.


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