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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.
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.
LGA responds to extension of Blue Badge scheme
“People can help councils win the fight against Blue Badge fraud, by tipping us off about people they suspect are illegally using a badge, bearing in mind this new eligibility and that people’s need for a badge might not be obvious.”
GOV.UK Notify for council tax reminders
Developing a service where council tax customers can opt-in to a service that sends an SMS alert when payment is due or they have an appointment. These alerts contain a link to an online account where customers can manage their bills. This forms part of our Digital Channel Shift Programme.
Social Mobility - House of Commons, 12 June 2019
Local government works across a broad range of services that are important to social mobility. These include education, welfare, housing, family services and public health to name just a few. Councils are therefore uniquely placed to proactively contribute to improving social mobility of its residents.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: Protecting public funds - the fight against fraud
The project aim was to help the council build an effective sustainable counter fraud capability. This was achieved through effective fraud awareness to promote an anti-fraud culture and investigating and pursuing those found to be committing fraudulent behaviour.
Preston City Council: City, Coast & Countryside - Counter Fraud Partnership
The aim of the project was to prevent, detect and deter fraud across the three districts. The team consists of a manager, two investigators and two support staff
“We are delighted that the Secretary of State has accepted the LGA’s powerful case for councils to keep their vital role and valued responsibilities for providing public health services, rather than transferring them back to the NHS."
Parish Portal takes highways ‘super customers’ online
Developing an online portal to report and track public realm issues. There is functionality for Parish Councillors and Clerks to see a map showing the reports and status of a range of public realm issues, e.g. street lighting, potholes, flooding, pavement and highway defects. This forms part of our Digital Channel Shift Programme.
Online forms and automation in council tax
You can hear more from key people involved in the project via the videos below
Digital transformation in waste services
Redesigning the online environmental services offer for customers who want to report environmental issues or request services such as bulk waste collection. This will involve redesigning web pages, integrating with Fix My Street and introducing Bartec (in-cab technology) into refuse vehicles. This forms part of our Digital Channel Shift Programme.
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Local government is already the most efficient, transparent and trusted part of the public sector. In this time of austerity, we will also need to be even more ambitious when it comes to reshaping services in the future.