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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on local government finance
#CouncilsCan: Spending Round 2019
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Councils boost school places but secondary crisis looms next year
“Councils need to be allowed to open new maintained schools and direct academies to expand. It makes no sense for councils to be given the responsibility to plan for school places but then not be allowed to open schools themselves. "
Right to Buy rules undermining council efforts to boost housebuilding
“There are more than a million people on council waiting lists and councils can further get on with the job of building the new homes that people in their areas desperately need if they are able to keep all RTB receipts to replace any homes sold.”
Devolve powers and funding to get more young people into work, LGA says as NEET numbers rise
“With more than 790,000 young people not in education, employment or training it is vital that more young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps."
LGA responds to Children's Commissioner Report on homeless children
With homelessness services facing a £159 million funding gap next year (2020/21), the Government needs to use the upcoming Spending Round to ensure councils have long-term sustainable funding to prevent homelessness, and give councils the tools they need to resume their historic role of building homes with the right infrastructure that the country needs.
“The Committee is right to recognise our call for securing the sustainability of local services to be the Government’s top priority."
LGA responds to London Councils report on adult social care
"If councils are to continue helping people who rely on vital care and support to lead the lives they want to lead, they need funding certainty for both the immediate and long-term."
LGA responds to FSB potholes analysis
"Currently, 43 times more per mile is spent on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network."
Sector-led improvement in 2018/19
This paper reports the achievements of the sector’s improvement programme for 2018/19.
Wigan Council: developing a new model in partnership with residents
Wigan Council has developed a pioneering approach to public sector reform known as The Deal. It is a new way of working differently with communities and stakeholders with both sides working collaboratively to improve the borough. When commissioning its sexual health service, this model shaped how the council transformed its approach. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.
Oxfordshire County Council: working closely with GPs
Oxfordshire County Council has worked closely with local GPs to ensure women have access to LARC and the system is administered fairly in terms of whether it is the council or NHS that pays for the service. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.
Norfolk County Council: easing demand on clinics
Like many areas, Norfolk has seen rising numbers of people coming to their sexual health clinics for testing. To help ease the pressure, an online service for the four core STIs has been developed. It has proved remarkably successful. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.
Nottinghamshire County Council: enabling closer cooperation between partners
Working groups bringing together all the different parts of the sexual health service are being set up in Nottinghamshire to enable closer cooperation. A year in, the project has already led to women being given easier access to LARC. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.
Kent County Council: improving the digital offer
Kent has invested in digital technologies to improve the way services are offered. A new website has been launched and that has been followed by a range of online STI tests, which have proved to be very popular. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.
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