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LGA CHECKLIST OF CIRCULARS 1/97

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Information sent to LGA member authorities week ending Friday18 April 1997 ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities week ending Friday18 April 1997

CHECKLIST 1/97

Each week the Association sends circulars to chief executives of member authorities. This checklist aims to help authorities see quickly what circulars have been issued each week. Further information is available from the LGA Information Unit on 0171-235 1066 or at info@lgorgs.gov.uk, which can also be contacted for additional copies of circulars if necessary.

CONFERENCES

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition - 22/25 July 1997 Details of the Association's first Annual Conference and exhibition, including delegate booking and accommodation details. The Conference (and Annual Meeting of the LGA General Assembly) will take place at the Bridgewater Hall and G-Mex in Manchester. LGA Circular Reference 2/97 Date of Issue: 03/04/97

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition Further advice on booking places at the LGA Annual Conference (22-25 July 1997). It is not necessary to indicate the name of the authority's delegates, it is sufficient to indicate the number of places required. LGA Circular Reference 16/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

EMERGENCY PLANNING

CIMAH and PSR Charging

CIMAH (Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regulations) 15 and PSR (Pipelines Safety Regulations) 26, enable local authorities responsible for preparing and keeping up to date off-site emergency plans to recover the costs of undertaking this work. LGA has recommended fees for this work and member council views have been sought. LGA Circular Reference 14/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

ENVIRONMENT

Road Traffic Reduction Act

Information on the publication of the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997 which received Royal Assent on 21 March. The Act was published by The Stationery Office on 3 April 1997 (Chapter 54). LGA Circular Reference 4/97 Date of Issue: 10/04/97

Don't Choke Britain 1997 - Major Conference on 19 June 1997 Information on the major LGA transport conference linked to Don't Choke Britain! 1997, to be held on Thursday 19 June. Further details, and a booking form, will be circulated shortly. The conference will be one of the principal national events of the campaign and will be of interest to transport, policy and environmental elected members and officers. LGA Circular Reference 5/97 Date of Issue: 10/04/97

FINANCE

Draft Protocol on the LGA and SSAs

The LGA Policy and Strategy Committee at its meeting on 27 March 1997 agreed that member authorities should be consulted on a draft protocol on standard spending assessments.Member authorities' comments have been requested. LGA Circular Reference 6/97 Date of Issue: 10/04/97

HOUSING

Seminar on Housing Stock Transfer - The Practical Implications

The Association, in conjunction with a training consultancy, is holding a Seminar on Monday 28 April (Regents Park Marriott Hotel, London) to bring out the facts about Stock transfer and what is involved from the viewpoints of both transferring and acquiring organisations. LGA Circular Reference 8/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

Housing Disrepair Litigation

The Association has asked for information on disrepair actions taken by tenants against local authorities under Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Authorities have been asked to complete and return a questionnaire survey by Monday 19 May. The LGA will provide a summary of the results of information obtained for member authorities and will be using the material in continuing discussions with DoE and the Lord Chancellor's Department. LGA Circular Reference 13/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

Housing and Council Tax Benefit: Fraud Act

Update on the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act - which received Royal Assent on 21 March 1997 and draft regulations from the DSS which will assist local authorities in dealing with landlord fraud. The proposed changes will tighten arrangements for paying housing benefit direct to landlords, provide other fraud related provisions and enable local authorities to require any necessary information from a landlord in connection with a specific claim. LGA Circular Reference 10/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

Housing Management Cost and Resource Benchmarking Tool

Invitation for housing authorities to participate in a benchmarking exercise for housing management. LGA Circular Reference 9/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

LGA INFORMATION

LGA/MJ Wallchart

The Municipal Journal has produced an Information Wallchart on the Local Government Association. Six copies of the Wallchart have been sent to each member authority and a limited number of additional copies are available from LGA Information Services. LGA Circular Reference 11/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

LGA MEMBER SERVICES

Communications with Member Authorities

Information about the procedures which the LGA will adopt for paper communications with member authorities pending a Communications Audit. LGA Circular Reference 1/97 Date of Issue: 03/04/97

LGA Members' Allowances Scheme

Details of the LGA's members' allowances scheme for 1997/98. LGA Circular Reference 3/97 Date of Issue: 03/04/97

LGA Committee Membership Membership lists for LGA service committees and the LGA Policy and Strategy Committee. LGA Circular Reference 7/97 Date of Issue: 10/04/97

LGA General Assembly - Annual Meeting - 22 July 1997 Formal notice that the Annual Meeting of the Local Government Association will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 22 July 1997 at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. LGA Circular Reference 17/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

LGA Constitution, Standing Orders and Political Conventions Copies of the three documents, as agreed by the LGA General Assembly, have been circulated to member authorities for information. LGA Circular Reference 15/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

POLICY

Appointment of Advisers to the LGA

LGA Policy and Strategy Committee has endorsed proposals for the appointment of officer advisers to the Local Government Association. LGA Directors and Heads of Service are contacting relevant Chief Officer Societies regarding nominations for advisers. LGA Circular Reference 3/97 Date of Issue: 03/02/97

TOURISM

Agenda 2000 Consultation

A reminder that comments on both the English Tourist Board's 'Agenda 2000' consultation and the Government's 'Success Through Partnership' document should be copied to the LGA to help in the formulation of the Association response. LGA Circular Reference 12/97 Date of Issue: 17/04/97

For further information e-mail: info@lga.lgorgs.gov.uk.

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