Introducing a fairer funding system and allowing local government to keep every penny of business rates collected to plug funding gaps is now the only way the Government can ensure local authorities are able to protect the services communities rely on into the next decade and beyond.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to today’s reports that plans to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been blocked by the Treasury.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a government announcement of more funding for some councils to help children living with alcohol dependent parents.
Council leaders are calling for the Government to carry out a radical new strategy to provide a fully-funded plan for the growing number of vehicles on the nation’s roads, as well as new powers to better manage congestion.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an annual report published today by the Office for National Statistics on preventable deaths in the UK in 2016.
“Councils are likely to need more support from the Government as the full extent of the repairs needed after the recent winter weather has been made known, and we hope that the Government will stand ready to provide this."
"The findings of this leaked report provide evidence around the urgent need for the Government to change the rules so that all material in cladding systems on complex and high-rise buildings has to be non-combustible."
“Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 new places. This is a demonstrable record that they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."
“With local government facing an overall funding gap that will exceed £5 billion by 2020, we remain clear that councils must first and foremost be able to use extra business rates income to plug this growing gap."