The Government has listened to the concerns of councils and is to overhaul the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System. This will help improve councils’ ability to uphold standards in the private rented sector.
"Councils have worked hard to protect vulnerable children and families from the full scale of cuts, but children’s services face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025 just to stand still and public health services, which also help children get the best start in life, have seen cuts of £700 million."
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to the National Deaf Children’s Society report on councils providing radio aids for children.
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Public Health England announcement that the HPV vaccine will be extended to boys from this September.
"With adult social care facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, councils are having to make incredibly difficult decisions within tightening budgets and cannot be expected to continue relying on one-off funding injections to keep services going."
“It is not right that the Government spends 43 times per mile more 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."
Local areas in England are at risk of losing out on £5.3 billion in just 18 months if the Government does not act fast and put in place replacement funding arrangements once the UK leaves the EU, council leaders are warning.