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LGA in Parliament 2018/19
LGA responds to public health announcement
LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement on mental health
To achieve true parity of care between mental and physical health, we need a root and branch overhaul of mental health services, which focuses on prevention and early intervention, particularly for children and young people.
LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement
“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."
LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review
Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”
Future of free schools , House of Commons, 19 June 2019
LGA commissioned research found that councils are facing a high needs funding shortfall of £667 million in the 2019-20 financial year and this funding gap could rise to £1.6 billion by 2021.
Supporting the health needs of those who are experiencing rough sleeping
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019
We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.
This year’s Local Government Association in Parliament report provides an update on our activities in the Palace of Westminster
Domestic abuse and homelessness, House of Commons, 12 June 2019
A multi-agency approach is needed to tackle this crime, with flexibility in the new package of support to ensure services can be tailored to the needs of different areas.
Debate on high streets and town centres in 2030, House of Commons, 13 June 2019
We welcome the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s recommendation that the business rates system needs to be modernised to ensure online business make a fair contribution.
Criminals targeting residents in Council Tax scam 'barrage'
“Anyone who is contacted about a council tax refund or assessment over their council tax band which includes a request for personal information and bank details should ignore it and report it."
Protecting children from harmful vehicle emissions, House of Lords, 11 June 2019
"If the Government’s air quality plans and any new local powers are to be successful, they need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding which needs to be addressed in the Spending Review. "
Carers Week 10-16 June 2019
Delivering excellent online forms
Tom Horwood, Chief Executive, Waverley Borough Council
Robin Taylor, Head of Policy and Governance, Waverley Borough Council
Chatbots for channel shift: WasteBot
Newcastle has developed a bot that allows residents to apply for a permit to access household waste and recycling centres. This forms part of our Digital Channel Shift Programme.
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