The UK government has said it is pushing ahead with its plans to improve access to alternative financing for small businesses that have been rejected by the main high street banks.

MPs have warned Environment Secretary Owen Paterson that failure to reverse cuts to the flood defence budget could lead to England being badly affected by floods again.

Major city regions across the country should be given Transport for London-style powers and funding certainty, according to think tank Centre for Cities in its new report Delivering Change: Making transport work for cities.

Councils are to receive their share of a £183.5 million government fund to pay for road repairs following recent severe weather.

The government will attempt to reinvigorate ‘Right to Buy’ in 2014. The maximum discount for a house will increase from 60 per cent to 70 per cent of its value.

A new half a million pound pot will help give local businesses a new way to generate extra funds for projects that will help communities to regenerate their own town centres, High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis announced.

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK do not believe that the government is doing enough to support enterprise, new findings reveal.

The government and NHS is to invest £1 billion in IT technology to improve clinical efficiency and safety.

Education is set to be cut by £2bn in the forthcoming spending review as the Chancellor looks for savings from compliant departments, the Times reports.

The government is to provide an additional £9.5m to 62 councils to spend on combating social housing fraud ahead of the implementation of the Social Housing Fraud Act 2013.

Communities Minister Don Foster has announced the opening of bidding for a share of £300 million.

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.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are to receive £24 million for funding from Government for core functions.

Neighbourhoods across the United Kingdom are to benefit from government fund with £50m on neighbourhoods with good market prospects, and local councils matching a further £50m.

Local councils in England are set to benefit from over £1 million of additional government funding to tackle air pollution.

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