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Some 75 civic organisations have joined together in a call for councils across England to use a new law to help tackle community decline.
A new report published by trade unions and voluntary groups has highlighted potential flaws in the government's localism agenda.
Over 80 per cent of local authorities questioned in a new survey agree that more guidance is needed to help them accurately estimate local housing requirements.
The latest statistics issued by the Communities and Local Government Department show that 44,160 households were accepted as homeless last year.
The housing and homelessness charity Shelter has warned that rough sleeping figures paint a worrying picture of the future of homelessness in this country.
How much power can Nimbys be permitted to exercise over the long term well-being of their communities? Jill Segger says that 'localism' and the 'Big Society are actually obstacles to the building of the 'Good Society'
A vote on new social housing measures was taken two hours before the end of the consultation period. Church groups now fear their submissions will be ignored.
The Localism Bill offers a chance to have fair, inclusive public services, but only if discrimination issues, funding and accountability are addressed, say respondents.