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.
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.