Councils are no strangers to being innovative and showing initiative in response to local need. What is new is the scale of the challenge: budgets shrinking whilst costs and demand continue to rise, all of which impact on local services and local communities. If we want to create sustainable solutions, being enterprising is now more important than ever.
The 10th anniversary of the ban is a time to look back at what has been achieved. While it took a long time to get the legislation introduced – cinemas first started restricting smoking in the 1970s – when it did happen it was pretty seamless. Four months after the introduction of the ban, the government announced 98 per cent of places inspected by local authority officers were compliant.
At a time when councils face difficult choices about services in the light of reducing budgets, the LGA’s Waste and Recycling Programme supported several projects involving councils across England to run projects to help councils make productivity savings in delivering waste services.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), introduced in 2014, sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally. PSPOs are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.
Councils have been working together to improve their procurement practices and collaborative opportunities to improve value for money for many years now, commonly aggregating spend through framework agreements.
This guidance aims to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.