Investment

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.

Shopping centres: buyer beware

20/08/2018

With councils spending record amounts on buying shopping centres, what risk is this exposing the sector to? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Exclusive: Councils investing record amounts in shopping centres

20/08/2018

Councils are continuing to spend record amounts of money buying up shopping centres, the latest figures show.

‘Global exporters’ provide boost for Northern Powerhouse

17/08/2018

Four new ‘global exporters’ have joined the Government’s flagship programme for developing the North of England.

Council accused of 'putting public money at risk' over shopping centre investment

15/08/2018

A district council has been accused of putting public money at risk in a 35-year deal to lease a shopping centre from a commercial development company.

Council loses £2.5m as it abandons energy company

13/08/2018

Portsmouth City Council has put a stop to its fledgling energy company after financial experts warned it would require over £15m of extra investment.

MPs call for £100bn Northern transport investment

02/08/2018

The Government has been urged to invest £100bn on Northern infrastructure by 2050 to deliver major strategic road and rail projects.

Council threw £40m 'down the drain' in flawed Stadium investment

18/07/2018

An independent review has criticised Newham Council for investing £40m into the London Stadium, warning the decision was ‘flawed’.

Whitehall announces £67m town deal for Greater Grimsby

06/07/2018

The Government has announced what it describes as a ‘landmark’ town deal for Grimsby in an effort to deliver thousands of new jobs and homes to Lincolnshire.

Government announces £90m city region deal

31/05/2018

The UK and Scottish governments have announced joint investment of more than £90m in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire region to help drive economic growth.

Welsh disability services need £365m to be ‘sustainable’, auditors say

24/05/2018

Welsh councils will need to increase investment in accommodation for people with learning disabilities by over £350m over the next two decades, auditors say.

Social care crisis could be solved by ‘trust fund’, report argues

11/05/2018

A ‘social care trust fund’ could solve the care funding crisis by raising cash on the global market, a new report argues.

Liverpool Council to borrow £185m for road investment plan

20/04/2018

Liverpool City Council will invest £200m to improve the condition of roads across the city.

Councils spend £3.8bn on commercial property, study reveals

12/04/2018

Local authorities spent nearly £4bn on commercial property assets in recent years, a new study into the issues facing the UK’s town centres has revealed.

£46bn pension fund appoints new chairman

29/03/2018

The Northern Pool, one of the country’s largest investment funds, has appointed a new chair after the last chairman unexpectedly died at Christmas.

Three areas chosen to share £300m housing investment

22/03/2018

Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire are to receive almost £300m funding from the Government to deliver thousands of new homes.

Is there a new option for unlocking council assets?

06/03/2018

Study of new model for delivering services claims £6bn could be invested into regeneration using ‘fourth option’ for property projects. Michael Burton reports.

Joint venture doubles investment in cities to £200m

04/03/2018

A public-private joint venture has announced it will double its investment in cities and towns in England to £200m.

Coastal communities awarded £40m of funding

27/02/2018

A multi-million pound round of funding designed to transform the UK’s coastal communities is now open for bids, minister announces.

Edinburgh most attractive city for inward investment says report

20/02/2018

Investment potential shifts away from the South East as structural weaknesses around housing and infrastructure threaten UK’s most established centres, report says.

£140m investment ‘fantastic’ example of devolution in action, Khan says

15/02/2018

The mayor of London has announced a £140m investment boost to help fight the capital’s housing crisis and improve the economy.

London council approves £150m low-carbon pension investment

26/01/2018

Southwark Council has agreed to move £150m of its pension fund into a low-carbon investment.

Councils urged to embrace ‘fourth option’ for property projects

23/01/2018

A new property model could deliver up to £6bn of investment in construction if adopted by all councils across England, a report has argued today.

Council pension schemes purchase shares in Anglian Water

19/12/2017

Five council pension schemes have acquired, along with a separate company, a 15% share in Anglian Water (AWG).

Councils investing £16bn of pensions into fossil fuels

09/11/2017

More than £16bn of council pension funds have been invested into fossil fuel companies, new research has revealed.

£2.8bn announced in one quarter to support innovative cities

09/11/2017

Nearly £3bn of funding was announced this quarter to support investments in housing, air quality improvements, mobility technologies, and other developments, a new quarterly report today reveals.

A prudent investment

24/10/2017

Tony Martin explains why local authorities are making logical and prudent investment decisions when expanding their commercial property portfolios.

Council pension partnership launches £1.3bn Credit Fund

05/10/2017

A £1.3bn Credit Fund has been launched by Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) to offer investors cost-effective exposure to diverse sources of return.

Benefit pension funds insurer invests £60m in housing association

19/09/2017

A specialist insurer of benefit pension funds has invested £60m into a housing association which controls thousands of properties across the south west.

Council-owned company purchases first property

18/09/2017

A council-owned property investment company has purchased its first property in an investment which promises an income of over £200,000 a year.

CIL: A golden opportunity?

18/09/2017

Kirk Taylor argues that local authorities are failing to fully capitalise on investment opportunities to improve local infrastructure.

‘Sense of place’ crucial for life sciences sector deal, says think tank

30/08/2017

A ‘sense of place’ must inform the Government’s new life sciences sector deal, says think tank.

South East calls for infrastructure investment

24/07/2017

Councils in the south east are calling on the Government to provide more infrastructure investment after figures suggest the region is falling behind London.

Regional cities must attract investment to rebalance economy, report says

19/07/2017

Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, think tank says as figures reveal London captures half of the country’s commercial property investment.

Council chiefs urged to 'seize the day'

07/07/2017

Local authorities should ‘seize the day’ to secure inward investment for their areas, a former government adviser has urged.

Investing in a new bank

23/06/2017

Danny Mathers and Mike O'Connor explain why Warrington Borough Council made the decision to invest in the new Redwood Bank.

Council to invest £50,000 in triathlon

13/06/2017

Pembrokeshire council has agreed to pay £50,000 as part of a deal to host an annual triathlon event.

Whitehall invests £25m in housing trust

05/05/2017

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has agreed to invest up to £25m in a real estate investment trust (REIT).

Borough invests £30m in new bank venture

10/04/2017

Warrington has become the first borough council to invest £30m into a new bank, giving it a 33% shareholding.

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Declaring a climate change emergency

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.
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