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Small firms voice doubts over business rate rule change

Changes to allow councils to raise additional business rates to support local regeneration projects will have little effect on small businesses, according to a new report.

Montague questions need for housing guarantees

The man charged with reporting on how to increase institutional investment in the private rented sector has questioned the necessity for the new housing guarantees scheme.

Labour slams infrastructure schemes progress

Fewer than a fifth of the projects listed in the government's national infrastructure plan have been started, according to new figures from the Labour Party.

Interview: Mark Vlessing, chief executive of Pocket Living

SocInvest speaks to the co-founder and CEO of Pocket Living about his company's model of low-cost home ownership, and why he says current legislation penalises the firm.

'More intervention needed to deliver garden city agenda'

The public sector should consider using compulsory purchase powers to assemble the land needed to create the government's new wave of garden cities, according to a new report.

Government outlines housing guarantee rules

Housing developers have been invited to tender for up to £10 billion of lending guarantees to provide private rented or affordable housing.

Goverment reiterates support for garden cities

Despite falling behind on the planned timetable, the government says that it is still committed to its plans to build a wave of garden cities.

Transport professors warn over infrastructure expectations

Transport academics have written an open letter to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin warning that infrastructure investment may not automatically lead to economic growth.

Think tank calls for housing policy rethink

Government housing policy is failing to recognise the differing demands of cities across the UK, says a new report by think tank Centre for Cities.

Watchdog warns over infrastructure spending plans

Government plans to increase investment in infrastructure may face taxpayers with unexpected costs, according to the NAO.

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Regeneration Policy Intelligence

Borrowing and investment live table 2011 to 2012

The borrowing and investment live tables provide the latest data available on local authorities’ outstanding borrowing and investments for the UK.

The information in this table is derived from the monthly and quarterly borrowing forms submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government by all local authorities.

Scottish Town Centres

A report which includes a look at the most favoured funding methods for town centre regeneration schemes in Scotland.

No Stone Left Unturned in Pursuit of Growth

Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine's report recommends a raft of actions to boost growth in England.

Unlocking Growth Report

The report calls for the removal of a series of blockages prohibiting councils and the private sector from "investing in the development which would speed up economic recovery."

Investment Funds

A powerful rolling investment fund could be created using a cocktail of funding streams.

Concessions

Under what circumstances is it suitable for the public sector to grant a company rights to exploit revenues of an infrastructure asset?

Regional Infrastructure Company

Could new bodies take the strain of local infrastructure provision?

Aggregator finance vehicle with public sector provision

Could local authorities achieve economies of scale by borrowing through a special purpose finance vehicle?

Availability and Performance Model

Can the PFI model be reshaped to make it attractive to pension funds and institutional investors?

Institutional Lease Model

It might be the most familiar model, but it does come with disadvantages.

Context - attracting institutional investment in infrastructure

The government is backing a new initiative aimed at providing pension fund investment in infrastructure. What are the chances of success for the Pensions Infrastructure Platform?

Review of the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes

This report summarises the results of Sir Adrian Montague's review of the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes, which examined how best to encourage greater investment in rental properties and sought to explore the factors that might encourage institutions to invest in new homes for rent.

Banking on Growth: Trends in local government funding and finance

The report argues that the localisation of funding must be part of the government's localism agenda.

Financing for Growth: A new model to unlock infrastructure investment

A report suggesting the introduction of a new "community infrastructure bond" to fund development.

Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan

The Welsh Government has published the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan for Growth and Jobs to ensure that its future capital investment is used to deliver the maximum benefits to Wales.

Grow Your Own Way - Taking a localist approach to regeneration

Using a number of case studies, the report draws out critical success factors as well as examining a number of interdependencies inherent in regeneration programmes, before proposing tools and some recommendations for central government that Localis believes could help improve future regeneration efforts.

Accelerating the release of public sector land for development: Main Findings from the 2012 data collection from NHS trusts

Updated list of surplus sites within the NHS in England.

Mayoral Manoeuvres: How big is the job facing elected city mayors?

This brief note looks at the size and the nature of the job that council leaders do now, and that new mayors will take on, as well as reviewing the resources at their disposal. It then considers what powers mayors may need to deliver on a key aspect of their brief: supporting the growth of the local economy.

Localism in London - The implications for planning and regeneration in the capital

A survey of London councils which reveals how many are considering innovative funding solutions to aid regeneration

Post Budget Briefing 2012

Implications for local financing mechanisms following the 2012 Budget

A Taxing Journey: Progress and challenges on implementing Tax Increment Financing

Recommendations on the implementation of tax increment financing in England.

Cause célèbre or cause for concern? Local enterprise partnerships one year on

An assessment of the first year of local enterprise partnerships.

The Devil in the Detail: Designing the right incentives for local economic growth

The report strongly recommends ensuring the reform of business rates is geared towards a pure focus on business growth, avoiding recreating the complexities of the current grant settlement process.

Resuscitating Urban Regeneration: Surgery or supplements?

What tools are available to local authorities to sustain regeneration in an age of austerity?

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