The winners have been announced – but will the Regional Growth Fund make a lasting difference? Adrian Nolan gives his assessment
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For those of us who keep a pinch of salt handy on Budget Day, though, this welcome collection of ‘mays’ and ‘coulds’, which begin to put flesh on the bones of the coalition’s explicit rebalancing act, have to be seen in the context of a set of ‘wills’ that are already serving other rebalancing goals.
London is being given the chance to shape its own economic future, so why shouldn’t other cities? Chris Murray tells Austin Macauley why changes must be made to the localism bill to make that happen.
Matthew Jackson argues the Budget has delivered incentives for local economic development which will only serve to exacerbate gaps in our already imbalanced economy.
The next wave of development zones will benefit from expected measures such as simplified planning rules and lower levels of corporation tax. Councils are also likely to be able to keep high proportions of the business rates they raise in the zones. The key issue is how these measures impact upon the neighbouring areas.
Slashed council budgets are leading to more public spaces being placed in the hands of local people. Clare Goff looks at a new guide that explains how it’s done.
Rather than simply closing children’s centres and other community facilities for short-term savings, why not create hubs for people of all ages and reap long-term rewards? Stephen Burke explains
A new study has looked into the extent of financial exclusion faced by social housing tenants. Kevin Gulliver reveals the findings.
Council procurement managers aren’t the enemy of enterprise, Mr Cameron. But with your help they could do more to support local businesses, says Matthew Jackson.
So where is the money going to come from for green space maintenance? As any self-respecting parks manager will tell you, it doesn’t grow on trees.