Councils have a key role in driving economic recovery. We continue to press the Government to deliver real devolution of economic powers and funding to councils.
Last July the Government announced a national programme of area reviews, which have wide implications for local areas. The programme of reviews, covering further education and sixth form colleges, is taking place in waves, and is due to completed by end of March 2017.
The Work and Health Programme, announced in the Spending Review (November 2015), will support claimants with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for over two years.
The Government has committed to creating three million new apprenticeships in this Parliament, with two primary measures to achieve this ambition – a public sector target and an Apprenticeship Levy. Local authorities will be subject to both. The LGA is seeking councils' views.
The full proposal plus examples of what councils are currently doing to support those furthest from the jobs market into to work.
The survey was conducted by the LGA's Research and Information team in October-November 2015 in order to gather information about local authorities' plans and preparations in case of severe weather, to help LGA's lobbying of central government and to highlight the scale of authorities' efforts.
Realising Talent for Everyone, the second report from the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion to the LGA explores the impact of a centralised commissioned employment, skills and welfare system from the perspective of individuals seeking employment, progression and additional support, particularly those with multiple support needs.
Oxford Economics was commissioned by the LGA to produce a report researching long-term trends in, and prospects for, UK trade & investment, with particular reference to the role of England's city-regions in generating exports and attracting investment.
The LGA has responded to DCLG's consultation on a draft Legislative Reform Order to implement changes to the legislation related to combined authorities and economic prosperity boards.
The Chancellor has confirmed that local services will not face additional cuts in 2015/16. The Government has therefore acknowledged the huge contribution councils have already made to balance the country's books and the fragile financial position in which this has placed many local authorities.
The Government has announced Regional Growth Funding of £10 million to back proposals for a clear tourism strategy in the North. The LGA has called for devolved funding to support a drive for growth through tourism.
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