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Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Magazine article Public Finance

Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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Commission asks what you can do for your country

More rural councils should adopt participatory budgeting, the Commission for Rural Communities has urged.

Pilot projects have been so successful that the scheme, which involves local people in public spending decisions, should be rolled out across the countryside. Studies have shown that people living in rural areas feel they have less influence on public spending decisions than their urban counterparts and have their priorities overlooked.

Crispin Moor, executive director at the CRC. said the pilots provided practical examples of people deciding priorities and allocating resources across a wide range of local services from community safety schemes to parish footpaths.

M4 scheme forces rest of UK to keep up with the Joneses

The M4 in Wales is to become the UK's longest 'hydrogen highway'.

Stopping points will allow eco-friendly cars and vans to refuel or recharge. Ministers hope it will encourage greater use of vehicles that run on hydrogen, natural gas, bio methane or electricity and create greater demand.

Wales has been designated one of the government's Low Carbon Economic Areas and will be a lead area for developing alternative fuels. Welsh Deputy First Minister leuan Wyn Jones said the LCEA designation capitalised on existing expertise in the production and use of hydrogen.

Gymnastics scores 02 for London Olympics

The 02 arena on the Greenwich peninsula is to be the venue for gymnastics, trampoline and basketball events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The London Borough of Greenwich Planning Board has given the green light for the erection of temporary structures to manage vehicle and pedestrian access, as well as the construction of temporary perimeter fencing.

The arena will be known as the North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the games and will be in use until September 30, 2012. …

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