Referrals are discretionary only. Housing authorities are not required to make inquiries as to whether, for example, an applicant has a local connection with another district and, where they decide to do so, there is no requirement to refer applicants to another authority if the conditions for referral are met. Authorities may have a policy about how they may exercise their discretion.
The Standards for employers of public health teams in England set out expectations of good employers who want to enable all their public health staff to work effectively. The Standards were published in 2018 after a wide consultation across the public health system in England and are owned and maintained by the Local Government Association (LGA). This project aimed to evaluate their impact, one year on.
Licensing makes a fundamental contribution to how our communities develop, live, work and relax. With the right tools, councils can use licensing to significantly improve the chances of businesses and residents moving to an area, whether in the heart of London or in a more rural district.
This paper sets out the case for a New Localism Settlement for England that empowers councils, as the democratically elected leaders closest to their communities, to take on greater responsibilities for their places.