The Housing Advisers Programme has been designed to help councils meet the housing need of their local area. Flexible and locally-led, the new programme funds an independent expert for up to 20 days, providing bespoke support to a local authority project to deliver homes, reduce homelessness, or generate savings or revenues.
We have worked with the Chartered Institute for Public Finance Accountants and other key partners to develop a tool to support health and care systems with understanding and progressing their financial arrangements for integrated health and social care services.
Building on positive feedback from the sector, the LGA commissioned a refresh of the risk awareness self-assessment tool in 2016; and is now offering councils (and system partners) the option of an external, independently facilitated workshop to undertake the self-assessment along with local senior system leaders.
We have one of the most centralised employment and skills systems in the developed world. Different central government departments and their agencies are directly responsible for employment and skills policy, design, funding and oversight. Local areas have little ability to influence priorities, funding or delivery.
For our members, 2016/17 was another difficult one with unprecedented challenges on finance, housing and social care. Councils are also facing opportunities and challenges from Britain’s exit from the European Union.