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Information sent to LGA member authorities in the week ending 17 April: ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities in the week ending 17 April:

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, which can also be contacted for additional copies of circulars if necessary.

Community Safety

Seminar on revenue funding of CCTV systems

The Local Government Association is holding a one day seminar entitled 'Revenue Funding of CCTV Systems - Reducing the Burden on the Local Authority' on the 20 May 1998 in central London. The seminar is aimed specifically at CCTV managers and those responsible for formulating policy concerning the funding of CCTV schemes. The objective of the seminar is to provide delegates with information that will assist them to reduce the local authority contribution towards the revenue funding of CCTV. Information about the seminar and booking forms have been circulated.

Contact: Zoe Charlesworth (0171 664 3284)

LGA Circular Reference 262/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

Local Government

Campaign to renew civic leadership and local democracy

As part of the LGAs communications and lobbying strategy in the run up to the local government white paper and beyond, the LGA is considering developing an all-party campaign to renew civic leadership and local democracy. The campaign will establish some key commitments for local government as a sign of local government's determination to seek new ways of working as we enter the new millennium in order to respond to a changing society. It is intended that the measures, once they have been adopted, will form the basis for LGA Best Practice Awards.

Contact: Paul Dutton (0171 664 3282)

LGA Circular Reference 269/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

Democracy Network 'Democratic Practice - A Guide'

The LGA/LGMB Democracy Network has just published 'Democratic Practice - a guide'. This is a major publication which reviews the wide range of initiatives local authorities can take to consult and involve local people in their work - indicating which techniques are applicable in which circumstances. The paper was prepared for the Network by the Institute of Local Government Studies. Copies of the paper will be sent direct to authorities' named 'Democracy Network Contacts'.

Contact: Emma Batcup LGMB (0171-296-6607)

LGA Circular Reference 266/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

LGA response to DETR consultation paper 'Modernising Local Government - Local Democracy and Community Leadership'.

The LGA paper responds to the issues raised in the DETR paper, makes a number of alternative suggestions and identifies areas for further joint work with Government in advance of the white paper.

Contact: Nick Easton (0171-664-3278)

LGA Circular Reference 265/98 Date of Issue 16/09/98

Single Status: Costs of the 37 hour week

As part of the 1998 pay consultation exercise (LGA Circular no. 472/97) member authorities were asked to supply the LGA with information about the costs of the reduction in the working week to 37 hours, which was part of the 1997 single status pay and conditions agreement. The 37 hour week is due to be implemented next year and the National Employers need an accurate assessment of the costs of this aspect of the single status agreement to inform next year's negotiations. This circular is intended as a reminder to those authorities that have yet to supply this information. The deadline for this information has now been extended to the end of May.

Contact:Bob Mayho (0171 664 3271)

LGA Circular Reference263/98Date of Issue16/04/98

Local Government Finance

Bellwin Scheme

Reminder for authorities of the arrangements for emergency financial assistance.

Contact: Mike Grealy (0171 664 3335)

LGA Circular Reference 267/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

Council Taxes In England - 1998/99

On average, local authorities have increased council taxes by 8.6% in 1998/99, slightly more than the increase of 7% in the council tax for standard spending in the RSG settlement. The average council tax for a band D dwelling in England occupied by two adults will be£748 in 1998/99. The average council tax bill per dwelling in England will be£614 in 1998/99, taking into account the band for each dwelling and any discounts for single persons.

Contact: Robert Heyward (0171 664 3218)

LGA Circular Reference 264/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

Social Services

ACRE/NCVCCO/NCVO Conference 'Working with Young People in Rural Areas', 18 May 1998

The aim of this conference is to draw together a wide audience of agencies involved in planning and delivering youth services with rural catchment areas, to address the need to improve co-ordination and joint planning across all sectors and to demonstrate the value of successful rural youth partnership initiatives.

Contact: Duncan Tree (0171 664 3244)

LGA Circular Reference 261/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98


Enriching People's Lives

'Enriching People's Lives' is an advocacy paper promoting the valuable role local authority leisure and tourism services can play in contributing to the success of broader corporate policies of the local authority, in such areas as public health, lifelong learning; social exclusion; regeneration and community safety. The Association welcomes any comments or endorsement of the paper as this is the first stage in the LGA Leisure and Tourism Committee's work in developing an integrated approach to leisure and tourism within wider objectives.

Contact: Maria Reader (0171 664 3053)

LGA Circular Reference 268/98 Date of Issue 16/04/98

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