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Greater Manchester to be country's first ever Combined Authority
Published: 01/04/10
Historic plans for the country's first ever Combined Authority covering the whole of Greater Manchester to drive locally the region's economic growth were launched by Communities Secretary John Denham.

Hillsborough papers panel established
Published: 15/12/09
The panel responsible for overseeing the release of Hillsborough disaster documents was today established by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Civil Service Campus plan moves a step closer
Published: 07/12/09
A masterplan which sets out a vision for how the area around Manchester’s Piccadilly Station could be transformed to include a new civil service campus will go to public consultation in January.

Cabinet Secretary meets innovative Civil Servants in the North West
Published: 07/12/09
Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell was in the North West today meeting civil servants who have been helping the region through the economic downturn.

Ainsworth talks to the people of Blackpool
Published: 02/09/09
In the latest stop in the Building Britain’s Future roadshow, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth fielded questions on a range of Government policies at a question and answer session at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The impact of the current economic situation on the North West and the Government's response
Published: 29/04/09
The North West Regional Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written evidence for its first inquiry on the impact of the current economic situation on the north west and the Government's response.

Business crime guides publishedBusiness crime guides published
Published: 23/03/09
BERR and the Home Office have published guides on partnership working to tackle crimes against business.

Civic Skills Programme: 'Play Your Part Make Your Mark'
Published: 16/02/09

Culture Secretary says 'Thank you' to Liverpool on a fantastic year as Capital of Culture
Published: 18/12/08
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said 'thank you' to Liverpool on delivering an inspirational programme of arts and culture throughout its period as Liverpool Capital of Culture.

Funding announced for authorised Gypsy and traveller sites in the North West
Published: 18/12/08
Communities Minister Iain Wright announced the successful bidders for funding from the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant in 2008/9 to provide new pitches to reduce unauthorised camping and help improve conditions on existing authorised sites. The funding will enable local authorities and registered social landlords to provide new authorised pitches whose residents will pay rent, council tax and other utility bills.

£31m for North West local authorities with plans for housing growth
Published: 16/12/08
Housing Minister Margaret Beckett has announced that six areas in the North West will share more than £31m to help deliver their long-term plans to increase house building to meet the needs of their communities.

Top Appointments bring Fresh Experience to the Board of Northwest Regional Development Agency
Published: 25/11/08
Pat McFadden, Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs, today announced 3 new appointments and 1 re-appointment to the Board of Northwest Regional Development Agency.

New study dispels 'lazy teens' image
Published: 29/10/08
'We want more to do' say seven in ten teenagers

New focus on the economy for North West Regional Minister Beverley Hughes
Published: 15/10/08
North West Regional Minister Beverley Hughes will play a leading role in the Regional Economic Council announced by the Prime Minister.

Cumbrian companies urged to achieve export ambitions
Published: 12/08/08
International Trade Director for the North West visits the region to encourage businesses to go global

10 million for coastal resorts in first wave of Sea Change grants
Published: 07/08/08
A new 20,000 capacity performance space, a revitalised Napoleonic fort and improved facilities at a world class heritage site will all go ahead in England’s coastal towns following the award of over £10 million from the Government’s Sea Change programme.

Facing the Housing Challenge – Action Today, Innovation for Tomorrow
Published: 17/07/08
A series of further measures and reforms designed to help alleviate the current challenges in the housing market and to support the vital delivery of more homes over the long-term, are being announced today by Housing Minister Caroline Flint.

Preparing Britain for the future
Published: 15/05/08
North West Regional Minister seeks views on proposed new laws

Minister confirms funding for new deal for communities in North West in 2008-09
Published: 10/04/08
Communities Minister Baroness Andrews today announced that deprived communities across the country will benefit from over two hundred million pounds in 2008-09. This money will be paid through established neighbourhood partnerships to help boost job opportunities, raise educational achievements and reduce levels of crime.

Expert panel discusses plans for bus passenger champion
Published: 30/01/08
Plans to give bus passengers across England a more influential voice began to take shape as experts met yesterday .

DCMS conducts first national study of voluntary arts activity in England
Published: 30/01/08
On 1 February, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be launching the first ever national survey of amateur arts groups in England.

Blackpool's landmark attractions set to benefit from £38.9 million investment
Published: 31/03/10
Two of Blackpool's most iconic visitor attractions, Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens complex, are to get a major facelift and redevelopment as part of a groundbreaking £38.9 million project, joint Communities and Business Minister Rosie Winterton announced.

£3million empty shop revival fund for most deprived and hardest hit high streets
Published: 13/08/09
The Government is today making £3m available to help areas hit hardest by the recession find creative ways to reduce the negative impact empty shops are having on the high street, announced Communities Secretary John Denham.

Civil Servants rise to the apprenticeship challenge
Published: 13/07/09
Four teams of inventive civil servants faced a tough challenge when they were given just 24 hours to create as many apprenticeships as possible.

Cumbrian charity's praise for business website
Published: 04/02/09
Small companies urged to sign up to suppy2.gov.uk

Chilling campaign warns drivers to kill their speed or Live With It
Published: 03/02/09
A harrowing new £3.2m THINK! campaign to highlight the life-wrecking consequences of speeding for drivers as well as victims was launched by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

Major boost to North West economy as £137 million link is given green light
Published: 03/02/09
A vital new road that will ease congestion and boost the North West economy by taking traffic travelling from Heysham and Morecambe to the M6 away from Lancaster city centre has been given the go-ahead by Transport Minister Paul Clark.

Sign up for support!
Published: 16/12/08
Culture Minister Announces New Support Officer Posts to Help Congregations Maintain their Historic Places of Worship.

New Regional Director for the Government Office for the North West
Published: 17/11/08
The Government Office for the North West has announced the appointment of its new Regional Director.

Defra launches £6 million Greener Living Fund
Published: 05/11/08
A new £6 million fund to help charitable and voluntary organisations support and develop environmental projects throughout England is being announced by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

Beverley Hughes attends first Council of Regional Ministers
Published: 16/10/08
Helping savers, small businesses and homeowners in the North West through the worldwide economic problems was top of the agenda at the first meeting of the Council of Regional Ministers today.

North West residents join forces to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods
Published: 14/10/08
Residents in the North West are taking to the streets for a week of action to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Everyclick and Clear Channel Outdoor launch the UK’s largest competition for charities
Published: 07/10/08
Charities can register now for the challenge at www.everyclick.com/awards, where they will be placed in one of three charity categories (small, medium or large, depending upon their income). The six month challenge period starts on 15 October and ends on 31 March 2009. Throughout this time Everyclick will keep a tally of how much is being raised for each charity via their supporters’ online fundraising. Five charities within each category will then be shortlisted based upon the amount of money raised through Everyclick during the competition period as a proportion of each charities declared income and the amount raised per supporter. The finalists will then be judged by a panel of independent sector experts who will select three category winners and an overall winner who will receive the prize of a free national outdoor advertising campaign. The panel will judge the entrants on money raised and the innovative and imaginative ways they have encouraged their supporters to use Everyclick.

New Sustainable Framework for homes and jobs in the North West
Published: 30/09/08
A new regional strategy that directs long-term housing and economic growth and environmental protection in the North West was announced by Communities Minister Baroness Andrews today.

Further support for tackling chewing gum litter in Blackpool
Published: 23/09/08
Local efforts to tackle chewing gum litter are receiving a boost from the Chewing Gum Action Group. The group is supporting 15 local authorities, including Blackpool, in running individual month-long chewing gum litter awareness and education campaigns between August and November. The Blackpool initiative begins on Wednesday 24 September. Campaign support includes advertising posters and assistance with wider activities designed to promote a behaviour change among gum litterers.

Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale" reports WHO's Commission
Published: 29/08/08
A child born in a Glasgow, Scotland suburb can expect a life 28 years shorter than another living only 13 kilometres away. A girl in Lesotho is likely to live 42 years less than another in Japan. In Sweden, the risk of a woman dying during pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 17 400; in Afghanistan, the odds are 1 in 8. Biology does not explain any of this. Instead, the differences between - and within - countries result from the social environment where people are born, live, grow, work and age.

Extra funding available for North West's rural stations
Published: 15/05/08
Passengers on rural and regional rail services across the North West are in line to benefit from a £60,000 fund for Community Rail Partnerships, Rail Minister Tom Harris announced today.

Government publishes Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09
Published: 15/05/08
The Government today highlighted four key themes of its initial plans for next year’s Parliamentary session as it launched a consultation to give people their say on the shape of the final legislative programme.

'Thunderbird' training for Firefighters funded by Government
Published: 10/04/08
Fire Minister Parmjit Dhanda has announced a further £3.2million grant to England's Fire and Rescue Authorities as part of the Government's ongoing commitment to support the roll-out of the specialist New Dimension equipment.

Education maintenance allowance works for Merseyside's teenagers
Published: 10/04/08
More Merseyside teenagers than ever before are receiving Educational Maintenance Allowances (EMA) to help build themselves a better future through education.

15 locations shortlisted for next stage of eco-towns programme
Published: 10/04/08
The country's first eco-towns took a step closer to becoming reality as Housing Minister Caroline Flint today announced 15 potential locations will go forward to the next stage, providing the opportunity for a major boost in affordable housing across the country whilst tackling climate change.

Public consultation on proposed changes to draft North West Regional Spatial Strategy
Published: 31/03/08
A public consultation on the Proposed Changes to the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West of England has been launched.

Cheshire invited to come forward on social housing
Published: 29/02/08
Housing Minister Caroline Flint has invited Cheshire County Council to develop its proposal to provide new social rented housing today, as part of the Government's new 'Housing for an Ageing Society' Strategy.

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