Editor's picks

Karen Thornton, Editor of first, selects her highlights from the latest edition of the LGA's monthly membership magazine.

Responsibility for Attendance Allowance will not be devolved to councils when business rates are localised by 2020, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced on his first visit to the LGA.

The move was applauded by members of the LGA's Councillors' Forum and welcomed by LGA Chairman Lord Porter. The LGA has been lobbying against localising the benefit for older people since it was first suggested, arguing it would place a significant cost pressure on councils.

In a wide-ranging speech, reported in the January edition of first, the Secretary of State also discussed housing, adult social care, Brexit and devolution.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we take a look at the Local Government Finance Bill, which will enable local retention of business rates, and at the LGA's submission on the local government finance settlement.

Our interview this month is with Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, who reiterates his call for any additional health and care funding to be spent on adult social care.

And Plymouth University's Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher make some early predictions for the May local elections.

As ever, let us know what you would like to see in your magazine by emailing first@local.gov.uk.

‘Localise work and skills funding to help jobless'
The LGA is calling for greater devolution of employment and skills funding to councils, because nationally-run job centres are failing to identify and attract half of those who are unemployed to support them into work.

Making apprenticeships work
From April, public sector organisations, including councils and most schools, will have to pay an apprenticeship levy and meet new targets for the number of apprentices they train.

Community reach
Norfolk's award-winning libraries are helping deliver the council's corporate priorities, including on health and obesity.

 

30 January 2017