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LGA CHECKLIST OF CIRCULARS 1/98

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Information sent to LGA member authorities the week ending 9 January 1998 ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities the week ending 9 January 1998

CHECKLIST 1/98

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 6643131 or at info@lgorgs.gov.uk, which can also be contacted for additional copies of circulars if necessary.

EDUCATION

School admissions: Court of Appeal decision (Rotherham)

Further information on possible implications on the recent Court of Appeal judgement with a summary of the case from Rotherham. Contact: David Whitbread 0171 664 3303. LGA Circular Reference 501/98Date of Issue15/01/98

'Targets for Our Future': A Department for Education and Employment consultation document

The document 'Targets for Our Future', provides a welcome recognition of the complexity of the existing targets and the need to improve their clarity, capacity to be measured and ownership. Consideration of the appropriate national targets will be particularly relevant for local education authorities as they draft their education development plans which must include agreed targets for each school. Responses are requested by 27 February. Contact: Julia Bennett 0171 664 3330. LGA Circular Reference 498/98Date of Issue08/01/98

ENVIRONMENT

Appointments to Regional Development Agency boards and LGA principles for devolution

Guidance note from the Association about local authority appointments to RDA boards and a document setting out LGA principles for devolution. Contact: Tony Blake 0171 664 3348. LGA Circular Reference 497/98Date of Issue08/01/98

ENVIRONMENT

Enabling Community Enterprise Conference, 20 January 1998, Marlborough Hotel , London WC1

Updated programme and booking form for a national conference examining the role of local authorities and partners in supporting enterprising communities. It is jointly organised by the LGA and the Local Government Management Board's Anti Poverty Unit and Community Enterprise and Co-operative Forum for Local Authorities and Partners in England. Contact: Mark Donavan 01952 202150. LGA Circular Reference 499/98Date of Issue08/01/98

OECD : Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

The Association has circulated a DTI background note on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment to member authorities. The agreement is currently being negotiated and is expected to be concluded in April. The Association has asked that local authorities who plan to respond to the Government on this issue also send a copy to the LGA by the beginning of February. Contact: Jeremy Smith - 0171 664 3101 LGA Circular Reference 490/98Date of Issue08/01/98

Revision of Index of Local Authority Conditions (ILC)

Authorities views are requested on Government proposals for updating the ILC to a 1996 base. The Index is used to inform the targeting of regeneration resources and specifically in calculating the regional allocation of SRB Challenge Fund resources. Responses are requested 6 February.

Contact: Ailsa Blair 0171 664 3159 LGA Circular Reference 502/98Date of Issue15/01/98

Sustainability in Development Control : A Research Report

Final research report carried out by CAG consultants for the LGA and the Local Government Management board on ways to implement sustainability through development control. Contact: Tony Rich 0171 664 3045 LGA Circular Reference 492/98Date of Issue08/01/98

The Challenge of the Community : New Opportunities in Community Development

The Standing Conference for Community Development (SCCD - contact Graham Partridge 0114 270 1718) is holding its sixth residential conference on Friday 27 February 1998 at the Brighton Thistle Hotel. Booking Forms and conference details have been circulated. Officers and elected members who work on issues relating to for example, community development, best value,regeneration programmes, community involvement, and local governance issues, will be particularly interested in the event. Contact: Helen Goody 0171 664 3034. LGA Circular Reference 495/98Date of Issue08/01/98

HOUSING

Housing Benefit - temporary local authority accommodation

Information on a recent DSS paper on housing benefit and temporary accommodation, it gives authorities the opportunity to review their current arrangements to ensure consistency with the current regulatory framework. Contact: Paul Lautman: 0171 664 3340. LGA Circular Reference 496/98Date of Issue08/01/98

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Appointment of chief executive for the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and for the New Opportunities Fund

Details of secondment opportunities as interim chief Executive of two new bodies established by the National Lottery Bill - the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA : Contact Vikki Molloy for more information) and the New Opportunities Fund (NOF Contact - Paul Blaker). The closing date for applications is 28 January 1998. Contact: NOF 0171 211 2850, NESTA 0171 211 2128. LGA Circular Reference 486/98Date of Issue08/01/98

Government Consultation Documents

List of the main government consultation exercises affecting local government since 9 November

1997 and those expected in the forthcoming months. Contact: Will Hamill - 0171 664 3017. LGA Circular Reference 493/98Date of Issue08/01/98

Improving County-District Working: Proposed amendments to Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990. The Government is proposing to amend the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990 to facilitate partnership working between district and county councils. The amendments principally relate to voting rights of district councillors on certain council committees and vice versa. Authorities views have been requested by 26 January 1998.

Contact: Alison Sutherland 0171 664 3274. LGA Circular Reference 489/98Date of Issue08/01/98

Quality Initiatives Survey Report 1997

The 1997 Quality Initiatives Survey shows that there has been an increase in the use of the majority of quality initiatives, tools and techniques over the past year. The survey was carried out by the LGMB on behalf of the Local Government Quality Group. Copies can be purchased from the LGMB on 0171 296 6600. Contact: Cathy Ley 0171 664 3253. LGA Circular Reference 487/98Date of Issue08/01/98

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Changes in External Support

Analysis of changes in external financial support towards individual local authorities between 1997/98 and 1998/99. Contact: Mike Grealy - 0171 664 3335. LGA Circular Reference 488/98Date of Issue08/01/98

PUBLIC PROTECTION

Better Regulation, Best Value: Local Government and Public Protection Conference (March 1998)

The LGA's first Annual Public Protection Conference is being held in Brighton from 3-5 March 1998. Details of the conference programme, speakers and accommodation information have been circulated to all member authorities. Contact: Ian Foulkes - 0171 664 3025 LGA Circular Reference 494/98Date of Issue08/01/98

Second consultation paper on the implementation of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and

Control Directive

Member authorities have been asked for comments on the DETR Consultation Paper on the IPPC Directive by Wednesday 4 February. Contact: Ian Foulkes - 0171 664 3025 LGA Circular Reference 503/98Date of Issue15/01/98

SOCIAL SERVICES

Taking the Lead: The role of elected members in anti poverty strategies

Information on a forthcoming practice based workshop in London, on 28 January, on the role Members can play in anti poverty strategies. A workshop programme and booking form has been circulated.

Contact: Emma Jenkins 0171 296 6600. LGA Circular Reference 500/98Date of Issue15/01/98

Who Decides? Making decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated adults

Member authorities have been asked for their views (by 24 February 1998) on the Lord Chancellor's Department consultation paper on possible changes in the law governing decision-making on behalf of adults who cannot decide for themselves. The consultation paper is available on the Lord Chancellor's Department Web Site at http://www.open.gov.uk/lcd/gpaper97/index.htm. Contact: Clare Cozens 0171 664 3239. LGA Circular Reference 485/98Date of Issue08/01/98

TRANSPORT

Delivering the goods in towns and cities

'Delivering the Goods - Best Practice in Urban Distribution' is a partnership report between the Local Government Association and the Freight Transport Association. Copies have been sent to all member authorities. Contact: Andy Elmer 0171 664 3051 LGA Circular Reference 491/98Date of Issue08/01/98

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