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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.”
Oxfordshire County Council: Keeping it Local too
The aim of the project was to develop a sustainable approach to counter-fraud across the county council activity, underpinning the council's policy of zero tolerance to fraud.
LGA responds to consultation on building safety reforms
“The proposals announced today do reflect many of the calls we have made, but there is still work to do to drive these reforms forward and this must happen as soon as possible"
London Borough of Newham: HMO Landlord Council Tax Counter Fraud Project
A fresh approach was required to tackle council tax arrears in the house in multiple occupation sector. The introduction of council wide licensing, with its additional powers and intelligence, presented an opportunity to increase council tax collection.
Focusing on potholes to accelerate channel shift
This project aimed to develop a system where potholes could be reported by residents. The technology will allow the pothole to be located using mapping technology and allow the customer to track progress in fixing the defect. This forms part of our Digital Channel Shift Programme.
Manchester City Council, Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority: Corporate counter fraud approach
A selection of case studies covering housing fraud; collaboration, strategies and policies; and identity checks.
Erewash Borough Council: Derbyshire Joint Fraud Initiative
The consortium formulated the bid intended to enable fraud investigation capacity to be retained by councils following the introduction of the Single Fraud Investigation Service (SFIS) by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
One Public Estate: apply to BPF Futures Challenge
A competition to bring new life to UK high streets.
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