Local Government Finance Bill

Later today, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governemnt, Eric Pickles, will introduce legislation which will take forward proposals designed to encourage local economic growth, reduce the financial deficit,  promote welfare reform and drive decentralisation of control over local government finance.

DCLG have put out four documents recently that are of use to all. You can find them listed below. Further information is available on the department’s website

Local Government Resource Review: Proposals for Business Rates Retention Consultation – Government Response

The Government’s response to its consultation on proposals for business rates retention.

Local Government Resource Review: Proposals for Business Rates Retention Consultation – Government Response Plain English Guide

This plain English guide sets out the Government’s response to its consultation and how the business rate retention scheme will operate.

Local Government Resource Review: Proposals for Business Rates Retention Consultation – Summary of Responses

This document provides a summary of the responses received to the Government’s consultation on its proposals to introduce the local retention of business rates and powers for Tax Increment Finance.

Supporting Local Growth

The report outlines the measures the Government has taken to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth in every part of the country.

This briefing can also be downloaded as a PDF LGiU weekly policy briefing - 27 July

LGiU Weekly Policy Briefing Summary – 27 July

The day has finally arrived and all eyes are on the Olympic Park. We're very proud that Laura Wilkes, a policy manager here at LGiU, will be dancing in the opening ceremony. Away from Stratford, Grant Shapps grabbed some headlines yesterday by announcing 15 more ‘Portas Pilot’ towns and Eric Pickles has written a letter to all Conservative MPs that sets out what he considers to have been his departments achievements since May 2010.

In the news

Mary Portas' Pilot Rolled Out To 15 New Towns Housing Minister Grant Shapps took to Twitter to stir-up excitement as he announced 15 more ‘Portas Pilot’ towns. The second wave (the first twelve were announced in May) will share a £1.5million pot to help improve their high streets. The 15 new pilot areas are: Ashford, Berwick, Braintree, Brighton, Hatfield, Royal Leamington Spa, Liverpool, the Waterloo area of central London, Forest Hill in south London, Tower Hamlets, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Morecambe, Rotherham and Tiverton. The MJ has more or see DCLG press release below. Area finds just 32 of its 1,700 troubled families Kaye Wiggins has a good exclusive for LGC on three London boroughs “struggling to find anywhere near the number of troubled  families the government estimates they have”. It says, “LGC understands several councils have been hindered in identifying families because government departments, including the Department for Work & Pensions have not provided them with the necessary data. Last month I picked out some key bits of the government’s Troubled Families Team programme for the LGiU blog. You can read it here. Eric lists the Conservative achievements of his department ConservativeHome has published a letter written by Eric Pickles to all his Party’s MPs listing the Conservative achievements of his department over the last couple of years. The Communities and Local Government Secretary picked out policies on tax, quangos, home ownership, planning and more powerful communities as being particularly successful.

DCLG this week

The MPs may be on holiday but it appears the DCLG newsroom is still going strong with 6 press releases going out this week. Grant Shapps: Multi million package of support to revive the country's high streets Nearly 400 Town Teams are to win backing from a multi-million pound package of Government support to revive their high streets and make them the beating hearts of their communities, Local Government Minister Grant Shapps announced today. Eric Pickles opens new manufacturing institute with £3.5million boost Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today announced a £3.5million Government investment for manufacturing innovation at the opening of a new High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute in Essex. Baroness Newlove - Problem drinking tackled in ten more communities with small grants injection Baroness Newlove, the Government's Champion for Active, Safer Communities, today announced the names of ten areas across the country that will each be awarded small grants of up to £10,000 to test innovative ideas that will help reduce problem drinking. Andrew Stunell urges councils to give voluntary sector a leading role Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has told local authorities that there is no excuse for leaving the voluntary and community sector behind when it comes to funding allocations. Grant Shapps: Tenants equipped with the facts on Right to Buy A fresh drive to help a new generation of social tenants understand how they could buy their home with dramatically increased discounts was today launched by Housing Minister Grant Shapps. Pop-up shops and entrepreneurs to prosper from high street changes Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today highlighted government proposals to scrap restrictions that put off start-up businesses from temporarily using empty high street shops that can help attract shoppers back to more family friendly town centres.

LGiU this week

It was the LGiU staff away day this week. We spent a lot of time reviewing our mission statement and discussing ways of working closer with members. We will be posting some thoughts on the blog over coming months. On a more personal level, I’m excited about starting a new research project on Statutory Notices. It’ll look at the their relevance to communities and cost of production, and we’ll seek to to design more efficient and effective methods of production and distribution. If you have any ideas, or would like to get involved in this very practical project, please do get in touch with me on rob.dale@lgiu.org.uk. Briefings this week As we’ve been away there were just 2 briefings this week: Upcoming briefings
  • Consultation on pay to stay
  • Swift and Sure Justice. White paper
  • NPPF Update
  • Healthwatch survey
  • Mental health strategy
  • Consultation on health scrutiny
  • Public Services public value act
  • Commission on the Future of Local Government
Let the Games begin. For more information about this, or any other LGiU member briefing, please contact Janet Sillett, Briefings Manager, on janet.sillett@lgiu.org.uk