“The Accelerated Planning Green Paper needs to include allowing councils to be able to set their own planning fees, with taxpayers currently having to subsidise the costs of planning applications by around £200 million a year."
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a National Audit Office report on the Government’s approach to tackling serious and organised crime.
The latest shared services map from the Local Government Association (LGA), published today, shows that there are now 626 individual shared service arrangements across the country resulting in £1.34 billion of efficiency savings.
“This important annual report is further compelling evidence of the irrefutable crisis in adult social care funding which cannot be ignored and rightly highlights the efforts of councils in continuing to do all they can to help people live the lives they want to lead."
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to research by the National Day Nurseries Association which has found that the number of qualified nursery workers has fallen in the last four years, from 83 per cent of the early years workforce to just over half now (52 per cent).