Investment

Council raises £1m through UK's first local government green bond

14/10/2020

The UK's first local government green bond has reached its target of raising £1m for West Berkshire District council five days early.

Coastal areas call for £1bn to decarbonise the maritime sector

09/10/2020

Local coastal leaders have called on the chancellor to invest £1bn to completely decarbonise the maritime sector.

Council chiefs call for investment to cope with lockdown addictions

15/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to increase investment in public health services to help them tackle drug and alcohol addiction.

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment

14/09/2020

Over £22m of funding is being invested into the Government’s broadband voucher scheme to boost broadband speeds in rural English shires and counties.

Councils warned about 'risky' investment in commercial property

11/09/2020

Councils have been warned that some investments in commercial property are delivering yields millions below forecasts by the TaxPayers' Alliance.

Councils voice support for new Community Wealth Fund

10/09/2020

Calls for a Community Wealth Fund to transform the most ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods have been backed by 10 councils in England.

Private finance can drive ‘infrastructure revolution’, says CBI

08/09/2020

Private sector investment can be a major driver of the UK’s ‘infrastructure revolution’, according to business representatives.

Council chiefs welcome £12bn affordable housing fund

08/09/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s affordable housing funding announcement, but called for more powers to deliver social homes in their local areas.

Local authority pension fund invests £150m in rental housing

25/08/2020

An investment manager for local authority pension funds has invested £150m in private rental housing provider Get Living.

Council leader welcomes £77m funding to invest in York city centre

19/08/2020

The leader of City of York council has welcomed the ‘fantastic news’ that £77m will be invested to ensure that York’s city centre development goes ahead.

Council launches UK’s first local government green bond

16/07/2020

The UK’s first local government green bond has been launched by West Berkshire Council.

Call for £5.5bn to level up access to urban green spaces

07/07/2020

The prime minister has been urged to invest £5.5bn to 'level up' access to urban green spaces by a coalition of councils, city leaders and charities.

Parks are a 'smart investment' argues new report

24/06/2020

Parks save the health service over £2bn a year making them a ‘smart investment’, according to the Parks Alliance (TPA).

Pension ‘superfunds’ could aid post-Covid recovery, think tank says

15/06/2020

Pension ‘superfunds’ should be created to invest in infrastructure as part of Britain’s post-Covid recovery, a think tank has argued.

Investing in commercial property amidst Covid-19

04/05/2020

A new inquiry will explore investments in commercial property by councils. Lucy Woods explains what the inquiry is likely to look into, the implications for local authorities and what changes they may have to make.

MPs launch inquiry on local authority commercial investment

20/04/2020

An inquiry examining investments in commercial property by councils has been launched by the public spending watchdog.

Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

11/03/2020

A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

Over £30bn annual investment needed to reach net zero by 2050

09/03/2020

An estimated £33bn of investment is needed every year for the next three decades if the Government is to meet its carbon emissions target of net zero by 2050.

Devolve power to mayor’s office to deliver ‘green investment’ for London, report says

04/03/2020

A study has called for the devolution of power to mayor of London’s office and the creation of a ‘taskforce’ to deliver investment London needs to decarbonise.

Lincolnshire council ‘delighted’ by £3.5m Grimsby investment

02/03/2020

The communities secretary today announced a multi-million pound funding boost for Grimsby town centre while on tour around the north eastern town.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

02/03/2020

Local leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Britain.

Flood infrastructure funding increased by only £3m over decade

26/02/2020

Central Government funding for existing flood infrastructure has only increased by £3m over the last decade, according to a new analysis.

Legal & General commits £100m pension money for affordable housing

19/02/2020

Insurance giant Legal & General has provided £100m of long term debt financing to its affordable housing business.

Affordable housing in Wales to receive a £24m ‘boost’

18/02/2020

The Welsh government has announced that £24m is to be invested into building more affordable homes in Wales.

Auditors raise concerns over councils spending £6.6bn on property

13/02/2020

Councils have spent £6.6bn on purchasing commercial property in the past three years, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed today.

Welsh government announces £90m package to revive ‘struggling’ town centres

27/01/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £90m investment package to revive struggling town centres across the country.

Council prepares to approve £306m investment strategy

20/01/2020

A multi-million pound investment strategy that will see the delivery of 2,000 new homes is set to be approved by Oldham Council.

Whitehall announces £3.4m investment in wireless charging tech

17/01/2020

The Government has announced that it is investing £3.4m in wireless charging technology trials at taxi ranks in Nottingham.

Sunderland receives £100m ‘vote of confidence'

22/11/2019

Sunderland City Council’s city centre masterplan has received a massive boost from a £100m deal with Legal & General.

Property investment guide for councils is launched

18/11/2019

A new guide to provide clarity on local authority property investments has been published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Council offers £10,000 package to attract foreign companies

14/11/2019

Torbay Council in Devon is offering foreign-owned companies up to £10,000 to relocate all or part of their operations to the region.

Councils urged to make case for private capital investment

29/10/2019

A new guide has been published to help councils attract private and foreign investment into local areas.

Navigating borrowing options

21/10/2019

Local authorities need to be brave and hold out for lower interest rates following the PWLB rate rise, argues Christian Wall.

Council approves Santander’s £75m campus

21/10/2019

Sefton Council has formally approved plans for a multi-million pound investment to create a state-of-the-art campus in Bootle.

Supporting evidence-based policymaking

17/10/2019

Andrew Carter explains how new guidance will help councils decide what services should be prioritised in the wake of swinging cuts.

Khan announces £4m for London youth workers

16/10/2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he will invest £4m to increase the number of youth workers in hospitals across the capital.

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling

16/10/2019

More than 200 ‘active travel’ projects across Scotland are set to receive a multi-million pound investment, Scotland’s first minister has announced.

Suffolk council postpones name change

15/10/2019

The decision to change the name of Babergh District Council has been temporarily postponed to give councillors more time to consider the proposal.

Council invests £18m in energy company

14/10/2019

Warrington Borough Council has agreed to invest £18m into a Scotland-based energy company because of its ‘unique industry business model’.

Council pension scheme invests in green fund

11/10/2019

A council pension scheme has become one of the first to invest in a new ‘green’ fund which supports low carbon technology.

Hike in PWLB rate will cost councils £70m a year

11/10/2019

The 1% increase to the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) rate will cost councils £70m a year, town hall chiefs have warned.

Launch of first pooled LGPS property fund

10/10/2019

A new fund that pools the property assets of three public sector pension schemes has been launched.

Towns ‘starved’ of investment, think tank says

08/10/2019

A think tank has warned that towns are ‘starved of the investment they badly need’ as most foreign direct investment goes to the major cities.

PM urged to invest over £45m in the Midlands rail network

12/09/2019

The Prime Minister has been urged to get behind a multi-billion pound plan to ‘supercharge’ the Midland’s economy by reforming its rail network.

Alternative lending sources

10/09/2019

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina explores how innovative sources of funding can help solve the UK’s housing shortage.

County announces two major property investments

05/09/2019

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced the details of two major property investments in deals worth over £60m.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

Government increases high street fund to £1bn

27/08/2019

The Government has announced 50 more towns will be eligible to bid for a share of funding to revitalise their high street.

Free-trade zones to ‘turbocharge’ investment, Whitehall claims

02/08/2019

The Government has invited ports and airports across the UK to bid to become one of 10 new free trade areas in a move it argues will boost post-Brexit trade.

Rethinking the town centre

31/07/2019

Andrea Arnall explains how local authorities can maximise the potential of town centre regeneration and attract investment.

Council announces £57m funding for estate next to Grenfell

25/07/2019

Kensington and Chelsea Council are to invest £57m transforming an estate next to Grenfell Tower.

Council welcomes £65m Growth Deal

12/07/2019

Moray Council has said that its area’s economy is ‘set to be transformed’ by a £65m Growth Deal, announced yesterday by the UK and Scottish governments.

Grimsby receives £4m Town Deal boost

12/07/2019

The Government yesterday announced that Grimsby would receive £4m of investment to support the town’s ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy.

Whitehall announces £135m for health and social care system

11/07/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound investment to help tackle the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

MPs call for £8bn to be invested into ‘struggling’ care system

04/07/2019

MPs have called on the Government to inject £8bn into the struggling social care system to restore it to pre-austerity levels.

Majority of high-rise social housing without sprinklers decade after Lakanal House fire

03/07/2019

Around 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers 10 years after the Lakanal House fire took the lives of six people.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Hedging the currency risk

02/07/2019

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.

Nearly £400m to be invested along the English and Scottish border

02/07/2019

Just under £395m is to be invested into five local authority areas on both sides of the border between England and Scotland, Whitehall and Holyrood say.

£146bn building programme needed to end housing crisis, experts say

26/06/2019

A ten-year building programme costing £146bn is needed to end the housing crisis, experts have claimed.

Birmingham to invest £778m to prepare for Commonwealth Games

26/06/2019

Birmingham is set to invest £778m to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Government has confirmed.

Post-Brexit free trade zones could ‘rebalance the economy’, think tank claims

25/06/2019

Whitehall should establish free trade zones in most deprived areas after Brexit in order to incentivise growth and rebalance the economy, think tank argues.

Are local authorities the new power players in the energy market?

29/05/2019

Investment in renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular as a means to optimise existing assets. Clare Davey investigates this growing trend.

Can investing in property pay for services?

23/05/2019

Investing in property to help pay for services is an idea whose time may have passed, says Mark Whitehead

£62m fund to regenerate historic high streets

20/05/2019

The culture secretary has said that a new £62m fund will ‘breathe new life’ into historic high streets across the country.

Hull council commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services

20/05/2019

Hull CC has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

Call to ‘rethink’ public health investment

14/05/2019

A culture change is needed in the way local organisations evaluate long-term investment in prevention, a report has argued today.

Investment-based crowdfunding has ‘untapped potential’ for councils, study says

01/05/2019

Crowdfunding has ‘huge, untapped potential’ for public sector infrastructure finance, a new study has concluded.

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

Council to push ahead with £2m scheme to renovate ‘dilapidated’ flats

25/04/2019

Great Yarmouth council is to go ahead with a scheme to buy up dilapidated flats and bed sits and renovate them for sale or rent.

Council invests £1m in effort to give Bristol a spring clean

04/04/2019

Bristol City Council is investing in high tech bins in an effort to tackle the city’s litter problem.

Peers recommend tax incentives for seaside landlords

04/04/2019

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by peers that they should be given tax incentives to improve their properties in seaside towns.

Has the Government ‘gone cold’ on the Northern Powerhouse?

02/04/2019

Neil Merrick talks to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry about the progress of developments in the North.

Council consults on £20m school investment

27/03/2019

Wiltshire County Council has launched a consultation on how to invest at least £20m in special school education.

Whitehall announces £36m to develop coastal communities

25/03/2019

Around 70 coastal projects have been awarded a total of £36m by the Government as part of an effort to attract tourists and create jobs.

Protection from tenant insolvencies

15/03/2019

Daniel Stern looks at what authorities can do to protect themselves from tenant insolvencies in the retail sector.

Osborne blasts May’s ‘lack of vision’ over Northern Powerhouse

26/02/2019

George Osborne has criticised the Government’s ‘lack of vision’ when it comes to developing the North and has called for ‘action’ from the Prime Minister.

Northern leaders approve £70bn transport plan

11/02/2019

Northern leaders have approved a £70bn transport plan for their region and will now take steps to submit a business case to Government for rail investment.

York's firework display could be shown on TV in China

31/01/2019

A huge firework display being planned in Yorkshire could end up being shown on TV in China.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Welsh council ‘profoundly’ disappointed at suspension of nuclear deal

18/01/2019

The Isle of Anglesey council has expressed ‘profound disappointment and concern’ at Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on a nuclear power plant in north Wales.

Essex council to invest £20m in commercial property

15/01/2019

Southend-on-Sea Council is set to invest £20m in commercial property in a bid to replace cuts in central government funding.

Homes England agrees £70m loan for new homes in Northamptonshire

15/01/2019

A £70m cash injection from Homes England will bring around 8,500 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs to Northamptonshire.

Whitehall announces £1.5m for Midlands digital map

14/01/2019

Local authorities across the Midlands will benefit from a new digital map which will identify the best investment and regeneration opportunities across the area.

York invests nearly £2m to improve air quality

10/01/2019

City of York Council plans to invest £1.6m in order to reduce the exhaust emissions from local bus services.

Stoke-on-Trent announces £40m housing partnership

08/01/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced it is to undertake a major £40m regeneration programme in order to deliver hundreds of affordable houses.

East Midlands to receive £500,000 investment in new manufacturing zones

03/01/2019

Around half a million pounds will be available to support economic growth and new jobs in the Midlands, the communities secretary today announced.

Creative industries to get £20m ‘boost’

07/12/2018

The Government has announced a more than £20m boost to creative industries across England.

Northern Powerhouse needs ‘clear break’ with original vision, report says

05/12/2018

The Government should commit to a ‘whole North’ approach to development rather than just focusing on the Manchester region, think tank says.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’

07/11/2018

Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

Manchester to double its contribution to arts venue

06/11/2018

Manchester City Council is set to more than double its contribution to delivering a new arts venue after the cost of project rose by nearly £20m.

Multi-million pound North of Tyne devolution deal signed

02/11/2018

A devolution deal for the North of Tyne region has been approved in what the Government describes as an ‘unprecedented’ transfer of power from Westminster.

Whitehall unveils £2bn property investment portfolio

18/10/2018

The Government has invited foreign investors to put their money into a range of new schemes.

Combined authority launches ‘ambitious’ strategy to deliver 100,000 houses

27/09/2018

An ‘ambitious’ housing strategy to deliver up to 100,000 new homes across the Cambridge and Peterborough area has been agreed by the combined authority.

Liverpool hospital to be built despite Carillion collapse

27/09/2018

The building of the New Royal Liverpool Hospital, whose future was in question after the collapse of Carillion, is to restart, the Government has announced.

Khan announces projects to benefit from £112m business rates fund

27/09/2018

The mayor of London has unveiled the first projects to benefit from a £112m investment fund which has been generated from the growth of business rate receipts.

County to borrow £120m for infrastructure improvements

19/09/2018

Oxfordshire County Council has approved plans to borrow £120m to repair roads and other council assets.

Glasgow council announces £20m pension fund investment

07/09/2018

Glasgow is aiming to attract high-tech American companies to the city with a £20m investment from the pension fund for council staff.

Surrey CC signs joint venture to deliver ‘thousands’ of homes

06/09/2018

Surrey CC has signed up to a 15-year strategic joint venture with the hope of increasing investment in the county and delivering ‘thousands’ of new homes.

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