Investment

Council launches West Midland’s first community investment fund

20/05/2022

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched the West Midland’s first crowdfunding campaign to try and raise half a million pounds for green initiatives.

Combined authority signs £4bn agreement with Legal & General

18/05/2022

WMCA and L&G have today signed a partnership agreement with L&G committing to invest £4bn in regeneration, housing and levelling up across the West Midlands.

Trust seeks £150m to acquire more homes to rent to councils

17/05/2022

Real estate investment trust Home REIT is looking to raise £150m to support its plans to acquire more homes to let out to charities and councils.

Council builds affordable homes for ‘first time in a generation’

05/05/2022

South Hams District Council is building its own affordable homes for local people ‘for the first time in a generation’.

Over £21m York Guildhall restoration completed

28/04/2022

The multi-million-pound restoration of York Guildhall has been completed and is now ready to support local businesses and drive economic growth, council says.

Investment in countryside could add over £40bn to economy

27/04/2022

Policies focused on improving the economic and social potential of the countryside could add £43bn to the UK economy, report finds.

Liverpool City Region primed to become ‘innovation powerhouse’

27/04/2022

Mayor Steve Rotheram yesterday unveiled a multi-billion-pound plan to turn Liverpool City Region into an ‘innovation powerhouse’.

Liverpool City Region adopts new social value tool

14/04/2022

The Liverpool City Region has adopted a new social value tool to help tackle the city region’s social, economic and environmental challenges.

Four places shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025

21/03/2022

Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough are the four locations shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025.

Post-pandemic placemaking: building better towns through public sector investment

21/03/2022

Mike Salter explains how local authorities can maximise the impact of investment.

Homes England recommits to joint venture to deliver 6,600 houses

17/03/2022

Homes England has recommitted to a joint venture that will deliver 6,600 homes and 2 million sq ft of innovation and commercial space over the next 10 years.

Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure

14/03/2022

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.

London council launches community municipal investment for green projects

04/03/2022

Camden Council has launched the Camden Climate Investment in a bid to raise £1m to tackle climate change.

Council pension funds look to disinvest in Russian assets

03/03/2022

Local government pension funds have taken action to move investments away from Russian assets following the invasion of Ukraine.

Measures to unlock £880m of dormant assets announced

24/02/2022

Youth programmes and social enterprises are set to receive support from measures that will unlock £880m currently tied up in dormant assets.

The UK Infrastructure Bank's first loan to Tees Valley

23/02/2022

What does the first 50-year £107m loan from the UK Infrastructure Bank mean for local government seeking investment? Mark Casey explains.

Council embroiled in legal battle with Apple over pension losses

16/02/2022

Norfolk CC has won first round of a legal battle with Apple who the council claims ‘misrepresented’ the state of its business leading to pension fund loses.

DLUHC 'almost wilfully blind' to state of local government finances warn MPs

31/01/2022

A ‘chronic’ lack of funding for council services amid soaring demand means many communities face a ‘long slog’ out of the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs warned today.

Over 16,000 children face abuse over Christmas

23/12/2021

More than 16,000 children will be victims of domestic abuse over the Christmas fortnight alone, a children’s charity has warned.

Largest ever funding boost to tackle drug misuse

07/12/2021

All local authorities in England are set to receive new funding to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the next three years.

Combined authority launches £18m fund to boost green investment

01/12/2021

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has joined with an infrastructure investment group to launch an £18m Green New Deal Fund (GNDF).

Peers warn of ‘a crisis in child vulnerability’

19/11/2021

The life chances of more than a million vulnerable children are being damaged by cuts to early years and youth support, peers have warned ministers.

Sunak urged to tackle backlogs in public services or face greater costs

19/10/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak must swiftly invest in public services hit hardest by the pandemic or face much greater costs down the line, a report has warned.

Think-tank makes call for wellbeing budgets

18/10/2021

The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

Camden becomes latest council to consider climate bond

14/10/2021

The London Borough of Camden Council has announced plans to create climate bonds to fund environmental projects.

Fund to provide £300 million to UK housebuilders

22/09/2021

A new fund has committed £300m to SME and regional housebuilders to help deliver 10,000 new homes by 2025.

Council set to discuss £500,000 loan to support EV battery production

17/09/2021

Coventry City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

Chancellor forecasts £650bn infrastructure investment over coming decade

13/09/2021

The Government has announced a multi-billion-pound infrastructure investment programme which the Chancellor argues will support 425,000 jobs a year.

Report calls for overhaul of social investment market

08/09/2021

A number of policy changes are needed to overhaul the UK’s ‘under-performing’ social investment sector, a think tank has warned today.

Liverpool's thriving social ecosystem

06/09/2021

Steve Rotheram outlines how the social trading sector is thriving in Liverpool due to its unique investment and development vehicle.

Business rates system 'discourages shift to net zero'

31/08/2021

Small firms have written to the Government warning that the business rates system is a disincentive to invest in net zero and employee wellbeing measures.

Council awarded £4m for next phase of station’s transformation

16/08/2021

The next phase of Newcastle Central Station’s transformation is expected to begin in September following the appointment of construction company, Tolent.

London borough to see £85m investment in affordable housing

05/08/2021

A new £85m funding initiative will deliver up to 300 affordable housing units in Bromley.

Tighter planning rules to protect communities from flood risk

29/07/2021

Councils should ensure all planning applications made in flood risk areas are referred to ministers for approval, under new guidance published today.

Over £1bn road investment could prevent 11,000 injuries

13/07/2021

A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

Luton Council agrees £119m loan to airport

30/06/2021

Luton Council has agreed to borrow £119m to provide financial support to the airport it owns.

Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19

21/06/2021

Councils are warning investment in libraries is crucial to help children catch up on lost learning and support local communities post-pandemic.

PM told to invest more in pandemic recovery measures for children

09/06/2021

Government urged to ‘reconsider’ pandemic recovery measures for children as researchers estimate it has committed to spend only one-tenth of what is needed.

Calls to invest £1bn a year in wild spaces to boost public’s health

04/06/2021

A new report has called for an urgent £1bn per year funding package to restore nature at scale.

Local government pension fund makes divestment threat

02/06/2021

Scotland’s largest local government pension fund will drop investments in fossil fuel firms that fail to act on the climate emergency.

Wolverhampton's i9 selected to house MHCLG's Midlands base

28/05/2021

Two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building will be home to the first ministerial department outside of London, it has been announced.

Devolution White Paper to be replaced by levelling up proposals

04/05/2021

A levelling up White Paper will replace the long-awaited policy document on devolution and local recovery.

Local authority pension group’s fund secures £50m investment

28/04/2021

A fund set up by pension groups in London, including Local Pensions Partnership Investments, to invest in real estate has secured a £50m investment bringing its total capital to £150m.

Birmingham CC spends nearly £200m in local economy

26/04/2021

Birmingham City Council has spent £194,619,328 in its surrounding areas as part of an effort to improve the social value of its commissioning and procurement.

Crowdfunding platform launches offer to roll out EV chargers in Greater Manchester

19/04/2021

Crowdfunding platform Abundance Investment Ltd has launched an offer to fund the roll out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the Greater Manchester area.

Minister announces £30m to boost battery and hydrogen technology

30/03/2021

The Government has announced over £30m of investment in battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles.

Council gives green light to £350m developments

18/03/2021

Southampton City Council has given the green light to two new developments that will see over 1000 homes built in the city.

Scottish islands to receive £100m boost

18/03/2021

The UK and Scottish governments have signed an investment agreement that could deliver a £335m boost for Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

Government unveils hydrogen transport hub ‘masterplan’

17/03/2021

The Government has unveiled the official ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.

Local government pension fund to become net zero investor

10/03/2021

The Avon Pension Fund has committed to becoming a net zero investor by 2050 or earlier.

Budget 2021: £1bn confirmed for Town Deals

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak has confirmed over £1bn will be made available for a further 45 Town Deals across England as part of the effort to tackle regional inequality.

Budget 2021: Chancellor confirms £4.8bn ‘levelling up fund’

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.

Council pension funds invest nearly £10bn in fossil fuels

23/02/2021

Nearly £10bn of local government pension funds are still invested in fossil fuels, new research has uncovered.

Defra announces £10m fund to drive private sector investment in nature

10/02/2021

The Government has announced a multi-million-pound fund which aims to help local authorities attract private investment into projects focused on tackling climate change.

New research to show value of heritage and culture

21/01/2021

The culture and heritage sectors will be able to make a stronger case for investment following a new approach by the Government.

Inquiry launched into role of local authority pension funds in fighting climate change

20/01/2021

A parliamentary group has launched an inquiry into how institutional investors such as local authority pension funds can help drive a ‘just transition’ to a net zero economy.

Expansion of Dormant Assets Scheme to potentially raise £800m

11/01/2021

The Government has announced that dormant assets are set to be unlocked, with the potential for more than £800m to be made available to support the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Council pension group raises concerns over Resolution Copper Project

06/01/2021

Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has raised concerns following progress on the Resolution Copper Project in Arizona.

Sunak unveils a Spending Review for jobs, public services and infrastructure

25/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £4bn levelling up fund as part of a Spending Review which he claimed offered ‘huge investment’ in jobs, public services and infrastructure.

Council raises £1m for solar panels through ‘community investment’

19/11/2020

Warrington Borough Council’s first Community Municipal Investment (CMI) has reached its £1m target thanks to investments from over 500 people across the UK.

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.

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