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Coronavirus: information for councils
LG Futures work on impact of COVID-19 on the Collection Fund
LGA responds to Government 'Planning for the Future' proposal
LGA - Tougher licensing powers needed to crack down on COVID-19 safety breaches
Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted.
LGA responds to home-to-school transport and bus funding
“The most effective way forward would be for the Government to give councils oversight of local bus services, so they can ensure effective targeting of any public funding"
Creative Places: how can councils support the creative economy? 5 August 2020
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Urgent investment needed to boost mental health recovery
Failure to urgently invest in mental health and other vital local services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the pandemic, councils in England warn today.
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
LG Futures – assessing the financial impact of COVID-19 on tax collection
Both council tax and business rates income are collected by billing authorities and placed into a separate pot called the Collection Fund. Councils and other authorities are paid fixed amounts from the Collection Fund on the basis of the billing authorities’ forecast business rates income as at the start of the financial year. The timings or amounts of these payments cannot be revised within the year according to current regulations.
Improving the private rented sector: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Stoke-on-Trent council is highly ambitious and says in its housing strategy that it sees itself as a facilitator of change.
Improving the private rented sector: Oxford City Council
Addressing the issues in the private rented sector is a well-established priority for the city council.
Improving the private rented sector: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
The private rented sector is the major tenure in the borough with over 40 per cent of households (53,000 households). It has more than doubled since 2003.
Improving the private rented sector: Hull City Council
Hull has a large private rented sector with concentrations of up to 80 per cent of the stock on some streets being in that tenure.
Improving the private rented sector: Hartlepool Borough Council
The council plan, which is at the consultation stage, includes commitments to take effective action to tackle poor housing conditions and anti-social behaviour in the private sector as well as a focus on adopting a multi-agency approach in, for instance, the Oxford Street neighbourhood.
Improving the private rented sector: Fenland District Council
Work by housing and police officers in visiting targeted properties, talking with the occupants and assessing the conditions uncovered a range of criminal activity and poor conditions, including exploitation, fraud, sham marriages and human trafficking.
Improving the private rented sector: Derby City Council
The overall focus of the council’s policy is to improve the health and well-being of tenants in the private rented stock, as well as tackling the issues of poverty and deprivation faced by communities.
Improving the private rented sector: Coventry City Council
The current housing and homelessness strategy (2019-2024) has as one its four core themes ‘improving the use of existing homes’.
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Local government is already the most efficient, transparent and trusted part of the public sector. In this time of austerity, we will also need to be even more ambitious when it comes to reshaping services in the future.