Delivering Differently is a new fund that has been launched with £1m to support 10 local authorities to develop and implement new models of delivering some of their services.
Developers should not be made to pay section 106 contributions unless there is a ‘pressing need for them’, says Planning Minister Nick Boles.
The government plans to scrap its local welfare provision grant from 2015/16, the grant is used to aid people with short-term financial difficulties.
Floods Minister Brandon Lewis, has met ministers to ensure a co-ordinated approach is being taken to assist those affected by severe weather.
A new investment will release £500m additional funding to help deliver up to 4,300 new affordable homes to rent, forming part of the £3.5b Affordable Housing
Guarantees programme. The Chancellor George Osborne has also outlined plans to increase the availability of affordable housing.
Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson, has announced £30m fund for more than 1,800 independent supports to help parents navigate the new special educational needs process.
New government guidance on weekly bin collections has been published, encouraging councils to support weekly services.
The LGA has published two papers looking at councils' experience of localisation of council tax support and the introduction of business rate retention.
Applications have opened for Right to Contest, allowing communities and businesses to challenge the use of unused or empty government sites.
The Children and Families Bill has continued through report stage with consideration of amendments concerning standards and quality of special educational provision, responsibility of local authorities to develop an inclusive education system, family justice and changes to adoption guidance. See the LGA briefing here.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill has entered report stage in the Lords. Government plans to replace anti-social behaviour orders with injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance were defeated.
Changes to livestock movement rules will save farmers money and improve their ability to prevent and control the spread of diseases.
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