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LGA CHECKLIST OF CIRCULARS 17/97

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Information sent to LGA member authorities week ending Friday 15 August 1997 ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities week ending Friday 15 August 1997

CHECKLIST 17/97

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

ENVIRONMENT

Welfare to Work

Update on developments in relation to the Government's Welfare to Work Programme. The LGA is continuing to press Government to allow local authorities and other public bodies to be eligible to provide placements under the full-time employment option of the Government's New Deal for 18-24 year olds. The LGAs latest submission on this subject has been circulated. Contact: Phil Swann (0171 664 3032) LGA Circular Reference 197/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

HOUSING

LGA Annual Housing Conference, 17-19 February 1998

The first LGA Annual Housing Conference will be held on 17-19 February 1998 at the Stakis Hotel, Bradford. This supersedes previous plans for a conference in October.Contact: Matthew Warburton (0171 664 3234) LGA Circular Reference 191/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LEISURE

Statutory Leisure Plans

The Chief Leisure Officers' Association has produced a consultation paper which proposes that a new statutory requirement should be introduced requiring all local authorities to prepare and maintain a Local Leisure Plan. Responses are requested by 22 September. Further copies of the paper can be obtained from Nick Gibbs, CLOA, Chairman, Director of Community Services, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7PA. Contact: Maria Reader (0171 664 3053) LGA Circular Reference 196/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA)

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has contacted local authorities about the photocopying of copyright material, and offering a licence to permit limited copying of its member right-holders' material. In order to obtain a picture of current use and issues, the LGA has sent out a questionnaire to inform any negotiations with the CLA. Contact: Alison Sutherland (0171 664 3246) LGA Circular Reference 188/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

Deregulation

Details of the publication of the report of the Efficiency Scrutiny of Central Consent regimes on local authorities. It recommends that:

DETR should be made formally responsible for maintaining a list of consent regimes.

Departments should regularly test the case for retaining consent regimes.

A course of action for each of the 196 consents identified.

DETR should take the lead in preparing legislation to give effect to the proposals.

Contact: Nick Easton (0171 664 3278) LGA Circular Reference 193/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LGA Conference Highlights

Summary of the LGA's first Annual Conference in Manchester 21-25 July 1997, with a video showing highlights and press cuttings for the event.

Contact: LGA Information Services Team (0171 664 3131) LGA Circular Reference 204/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LGA Publications Catalogue - Summer 1997

The latest LGA publication catalogue for summer 1997 contains the latest publications under the LGA branding as well as a range of leading publications produced by the three Associations prior to merger. Contact: Donna Davis (0171 664 3324) LGA Circular Reference 195/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

Main Party Political Conferences

Request for information on councillors attending the party political conferences in 1997. The LGA will be using the information supplied to contact delegates with further information about the LGA's plans. Representatives of the Local Government Association will be attending the main party conferences with an exhibition stand promoting the role of local government and local democracy.Contact: Liz Moor (0171 664 3342) LGA Circular Reference 199/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Local Government Finance Issues

Update on progress of the Local Government Finance Review with information about the line DETR is taking on charity relief for schools and draws authorities' attention to a DTI consultation paper on the late payment of commercial debts. Contact: Neil Kinghan (0171 664 3233) LGA Circular Reference 200/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

Review of DETR's Spending Programme

Information for authorities on the terms of reference for the review of the DETR's spending programmes as part of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review published by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott on 24 July. The Department is also reviewing the local government finance system - LGA Circular 161/97 dated 31 July 1997 provides full details of that review and invites preliminary views from member authorities. Contact: Neil Kinghan (0171 664 3233) LGA Circular Reference 192/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

MEMBER SERVICES

LGA Committee Timetable 1997/98

Revised timetable of LGA committee meetings. Contact: Gill Langridge (0171 664 3245) LGA Circular Reference 202/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

PUBLIC PROTECTION

The Newsletter of the European Community Civil Protection Unit

Copy of the July 1997 edition of the Newsletter of the European Community Civil Protection Unit which is produced by the European Commission. The Newsletter, produced several times a year, will continue to be circulated by the LGA. Contact: Nina Schuller (0171 664 3173) LGA Circular Reference 194/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

SOCIAL SERVICES

Nominations to NHS Boards of Health Authorities and Trusts

Letter from the Secretary of State for Health confirming recent discussions held with him and his team, giving information about nominations to the Boards of Health Authorities and Trusts. Details of the interim process which is informing the current round of nominations is also given. Suggestions and comments are invited.Contact: Denise Platt (0171 664 3236) LGA Circular Reference 187/97 Date of Issue: 11/08/97

Home Office Working Group on Vulnerable or Intimidated Witnesses

Details of a Government inter-departmental review to look at further ways of assisting vulnerable witnesses and providing witnesses with greater protection from intimidation. Information from authorities on local measures to assist vulnerable witnesses are requested by Monday 22 September 1997. Contact: Jeanette York (0171 664 3317) LGA Circular Reference 190/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

Implementation of Sex Offenders Act 1997

Part I of the Sex Offenders Act will impose a requirement on certain sex offenders to notify the police of their name(s) and address and any changes to these details. This will ensure that the information on sex offenders contained within the police national computer will be fully up to date. Part II of the Act is to give United Kingdom courts jurisdiction to deal with those who commit certain sexual acts against children abroad. Contact : Jeanette York (0171 664 3317) LGA Circular Reference 198/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

LGA Anti-Poverty Panel

Members of the Panel expressed some concern that information about anti-poverty strategies disseminated by both the LGA and the Local Government Management Board's Anti-Poverty Unit was not always reaching those elected members with responsibility for anti-poverty strategies. The Panel's Chair, Cllr Dennis Heptonstall (East Staffordshire DC) has, written to the leaders of all local authorities to advise them of the establishment of the Panel and its terms of reference. Contact: Duncan Tree (0171 664 3200) LGA Circular Reference 203/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

TRANSPORT

Planning Agreement and Transport Provision

The LGA has been discussing with the Transport Studies Unit of the University of Westminster the role of planning agreements in transport provision. A questionnaire on the topic and a statement setting out the objectives of the study should be returned to the University of Westminster by 12 September. Contact: Andy Elmer (0171 664 3051) LGA Circular Reference 201/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

Strategic Rail Policies and the Government's Consultation Programme

Information on the Association's initial understanding of how rail policy issues are likely to be dealt with in the run up to the Government's Integrated Transport Policy White Paper. The House of Commons Transport Committee has launched an inquiry, specifically on the subject of a strategic rail authority. The terms of reference have been circulated. Contact: Vince Christie (0171 664 3047) LGA Circular Reference 189/97 Date of Issue: 14/08/97

The education circulars listed below have recently been sent to the Director of Education of member authorities.

EDUCATION

Provision for Autistic Children

Transcript of recent High Court Judgements involving Ealing and Solihull LEAs. The Court found that there was no absolute duty upon either an LEA or the SEN Tribunal to name a particular school in a statement of Special Educational Needs, but where a school was named, the LEA were under a duty to arrange and pay for the school even if it was not in the maintained sector.

EDUCATION LETTER 42/97 Contact: Ivor Widdison (0171 664 3316) Date of Issue: 08/08/97

Towards Early Excellence : Report from the Early Years Task Force

'Towards Early Excellence', is an interim report from the Early Years Task Force, set up by the Education and Social Services Committee of the AMA and ACC. The purpose of the Task Force was to investigate practical action by local authorities to address the need for coherent long term strategies to make policies and services affecting children and their families start from the concept of the whole child. Copies of the report can be purchased at£10.00 per copy from Publication Sales at the LGMB. EDUCATION 41/97 Contact: Julia Bennett (0171 664 3330) Date of Issue: 11/08/97

LGA Education September Meetings in the Regions

Details of the programme of meetings for leading members and local parent, teacher and governor representatives to attend. Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Education Committees together with Opposition spokesperson(s) are invited to attend the morning group meetings and the main meeting to begin to finalise the LGA response to the White Paper 'Excellence in Schools'. EDUCATION 40/97 Contact: Alex Duncan (0171 664 3305) Date of Issue: 06/08/97

Report of CLEA Task Group

Report of the meeting of the CLEA Task Group held on 18 July. EDUCATION 43/97 Contact: Ivor Widdison (0171 664 3316) Date of Issue: 08/08/97

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