Funding boost for councils putting communities back in control

Projects which help councils deliver more for less by working with local communities and neighbourhood groups awarded share of £2 million.

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£250,000 funding announced for more than 1,500 new training opportunities

New investment to help more social housing tenants play a greater role in the way their homes and wider community are managed.

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Ministers announce even greater protection for pubs

Ministers today (26 January 2015) announced they will change the law to provide even greater protection for pubs which play a crucial role at the heart of our communities.

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Stephen Welcomes Plain Packaging Legislation

The Government has announced that it will bring forward legislation before the General Election in May that will introduce plain packaging regulation for tobacco products.

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Remembering the testimony of Holocaust survivors

Stephen Williams speaks of the importance of remembering, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day which is held worldwide on 27 January.

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Liberal Democrats Call for Publication of Chilcot Inquiry

Liberal Democrats were the only major party to oppose and to vote against the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. We were the first to call for an Inquiry. We successfully campaigned for it to be held in public and for Gordon Brown and Tony Blair to appear before it but it is publication is still being delayed.

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Bristol steps up effort to end Female Genital Mutilation

Stephen Williams hears testimony from project workers about vital work in Bristol to end the practice of female genital mutilation.

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Making it easier to set up new town and parish councils

New measures to remove the bureaucratic burdens faced by community groups wanting to set up a town or parish council.

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Councils receive £3 billion reward for getting the country building

Councils have received almost £3.4 billion through the New Homes Bonus for building over 800,000 more homes, Housing Minister confirms.

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Communities ministers wish the Jewish community a happy Chanukah 2014

The Secretary of State and Minister for Faith Eric Pickles and Communities Ministers send messages of good wishes for the Jewish holiday.

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