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Finance  

Signs of ‘financial stress' now showing

20 November 2014
Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress, an independent parliamentary body has found.

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Localism  

Building community expertise

20 November 2014
Stoke-on-Trent is one of the local authorities that has worked with The Prince's Regeneration Trust to restore buildings and in turn provide new employment, training and education opportunities, and other social benefits.

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Economy  

Reaping the broadband benefits

20 November 2014
North Lincolnshire Council has brought a wealth of IT expertise and advice to hundreds of businesses to help them reap the benefits of superfast broadband. Now other councils are following their model, writes Cllr Neil Poole.