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Councils are being asked to submit evidence to the Commons ODPM committee for an inquiry into the role of historic ...
Councils are being asked to submit evidence to the Commons ODPM committee for an inquiry into the role of historic buildings in regeneration. MPs want to consider the effectiveness of the public agencies responsible for the built and historic environment in encouraging urban regeneration.

Sustainable development should be central to the planning system, planning minister Keith Hill has urged. His comments were made at the launch of guidance on how to comply with the European directive on strategic environment assessment.

Former English Heritage chief executive Pam Alexander will take over as head of the South East England Development Agency next January.

Applications for all-postal ballots and e-voting for by-elections between April 1 and August 1 next year are almost certain to be turned down, local government minister Nick Raynsford has said. The government wants to focus on the combined local and European Parliament elections in June.

Unison has warned that rocketing student debt and top-up fees mean public sector starting salaries must rise to attract new graduates. The union warned: 'Students weighed down by debt and top-up fees will obviously be attracted to higher salaries in the private sector to clear their debts as quickly as possible.'

Regeneration minister Jeff Rooker has announced a further £700,000 will be made available to the Adventure Capital Fund. The ACF invests in community enterprise. Community-based service delivery organisations in areas such as crime reduction, childcare, training and education are set to benefit.

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