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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."
Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries
The purpose of this framework is to offer support in making decisions about whether or not a reported safeguarding adults concern requires an enquiry under the Section 42 (S42) duty of the Care Act (2014). It offers a framework to support practice, recording and reporting, in order to impact positively on outcomes for people and the level of accountability for those outcomes.
Making decisions on the duty to carry out Safeguarding Adults enquiries: resources
Loan sharks warning as debt enquiries hit record high
The loan sharks warning comes as latest figures show that 12,652 people a week in the UK are seeking help for problem debt – the equivalent of one person every 48 seconds.
Testing the savings around contract compliance and negotiation
Through the LGA Productivity Experts Programme, expert advice was sought around the methodology and development of approaches, processes and skills for contract audit of contracts, recovery of overpayments, contract management and financial procedures to test for potential savings.
Spending Review announcement: LGA response
“Vital local services provided by councils face a funding gap of more than £5 billion next year, rising to £8 billion by 2025."
LGA responds to Which? report into coverage ‘blackouts’
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, responds to the report by Which? that found that millions are at risk of mobile signal ‘blackouts’.
LGA responds to Cycle to Work Day
“To mark the day, councils are encouraging residents to cycle by promoting cycling proficiency tests and bike safety awareness campaigns, providing dedicated on-road cycle paths, installing secure cycle parking on high streets and supporting bike sharing schemes."
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