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In this Issue

Girls in Gangs
Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools......

Consultation - Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
The government is seeking views from of stakeholders as it begins to consider how more frequent revaluations could be delivered and as it develops options for change....

Mid Devon’s Land Charges service wins national award
Mid Devon District Council Customer satisfaction award for local authority searches...

Councillors Guide 2016
LGA publishes the Councillor Guide 2016 .....

Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character
£6 million funds available for character grants to schools and local authorities promoting traits such as resilience and respect in children through activities...

Consultation Launched into Distribution of National Lottery Money
Views sought on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds ......

 

Transport

Cuts force council to use volunteers to fill in potholes
Devon County Council is committing £100,000 to train volunteers to repair potholes in their local areas due to budget reductions.... 
 

 
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Local Economy and Finance

SW Local Growth Conference - 23 March 2017 
A key LGA event for senior councillors and officers who want to hear about and explore how to achieve sustainable growth within their own localities...

Supporting local firms to make a global impact
Talks between Tewkesbury Borough Council, Join In China, Star Hydraulics from Tewkesbury and Wuxi City Government have taken place to build what will hopefully be a long-lasting and fruitful relationship between Tewkesbury borough and eastern China....

Councils urged to bid for estate regeneration funding
A new government funding scheme has been announced, with the intention of pumping new life and strategy into tired estates ......

Economists call for 20 taxes to be scrapped
Council tax, business rates and a raft of other taxes should be abolished and replaced with a simpler system, according to a new report published today....

Councils can use devolution to benefit from growth in ‘staycations’
Local authorities can use the devolution agenda to capitalise on the growing ‘staycation’ market, council chiefs say....

New guidance for local commissioners published
A new skills and employment commissioning guide has been released in order to help local commissioners take advantage of the devolution agenda....

 
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Nuclear power station to boost local economy

Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

On the 21 October, the Government announced that the proposed nuclear power plant, Hinckley Point C, in West Somerset is to become a reality. There will be two reactors at the site, with the first expected to be operational by 2023.

Both Somerset County Council and West Somerset Council have welcomed the approval of Hinckley Point C. Both councils have highlighted the economic benefit that the station will bring to the area and the region. It is expected that the construction of the plant will create 25,000 jobs and will inject £100m into the local economy, in addition to 900 permanent jobs for its 60 year lifespan.