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LGA CHECKLIST OF CIRCULARS 2/98

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Information sent to LGA member authorities the week ending 16 January 1998 ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities the week ending 16 January 1998

CHECKLIST 2/98

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

National year of reading

Information about the national year of reading with an invitation for authorities to attend the planning conference in London on 30 January 1998. Contact: John Fowler 0171 664 3318. LGA Circular Reference 510/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

School admissions: Court of Appeal decision (Rotherham)

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

Environment

Revision of Index of Local Authority Conditions (ILC)

Authorities views have been 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 502/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

World Heritage Sites

Details of the way World Heritage sites have been established in the past, and the process and criteria for identifying candidates for the tentative List for the future. Contact: David Bays 0171 664 3160. LGA Circular Reference 516/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

LGA Member Services

LGA members' allowance scheme (revised)

Update on the LGA members' allowance scheme. Contact: Cathy Boyle 0171 664 3289 LGA Circular Reference 512/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Local Government

'The Fraud Book' A new guide to anti-fraud practices in benefit administration

'The Fraud Book' is a practical procedural manual for use by benefit administrators, assessment officers and fraud investigators. It looks at the prevention of fraud and outlines investigative procedures and techniques from the identification of fraud to prosecution. For further information please contact Zoe Charlesworth. Contact: Zoe Charlesworth 0171 664 3284 LGA Circular Reference 506/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

'Your Right to Know' the government's proposals for a Freedom of Information Act

Copies of this White Paper are available from the Stationery Office and the internet at the Cabinet Office site. Views are requested by 20 February. Contact: John Rees 0171 664 3274 LGA Circular Reference 504/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Better Government: Audit of current experience

Questionnaire on authorities' experience of working jointly and/or in partnership with others to provide information and services to local people. Response are requested by 6 February 1998. Contact:Liz Hobson 0171 664 3229 LGA Circular Reference 513/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

European cohesion policy

Response to the European Commission document 'Agenda 2000' and the proposal to reform the European Structural Fund in preparation for enlargement. There will be additional budgetary pressures arising from possible enlargement. Contact: Dr Mo O'Toole (LGIB) 0171 664 3123 LGA Circular Reference 508/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Fees for registration services: Births, deaths and marriages

The Registrar General has completed the annual review of statutory fees and charges for registration services in England and Wales. The new statutory fees will come into effect on 1 April 1998. Contact: Kathy Arthur Botchway 0171 664 3029 LGA Circular Reference 505/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Local Government Finance

The 1998/99 Budget Settlement

Clarification of a letter sent out by the Liberal Democrat Group on 8 January. Contact: Joan Jones 0171 664 3272 LGA Circular Reference 511/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Local government finance matters

Information on:

- Capital expenditure requirements survey seekinginformation on environmental, protective and community Services

- Changes in external support

Contact: Trevor Wenman 0171 664 3223 LGA Circular Reference 514/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Local Government Finance Settlement: LGA response

Response to the Government's consultative proposals on the Revenue Support Grant and related matters for 1998/99. Contact: Mike Grealy 0171 664 3335. LGA Circular Reference 515/98Date of Issue15/01/98

Research on Area Cost Adjustment (ACA)

Report on the appointment of consultants to carry out research on the specific cost approach to the ACA. Contact: Stephen Lord 0171 664 3220

LGA Circular Reference 509/98 Date of Issue15/01/98

Police

Closed Circuit Television - bidding guidance

Authorities will have received bidding guidance from the Home Office for the fourth round of funding for the installation of CCTV schemes. Many authorities and forces have been successful in three previous rounds and their expertise would be helpful to other authorities. The Association of Police Authorities would be happy to act as a clearing house for authorities who have been successful in the past. Contact: Catherine Crawford 0171 664 3170 Police Circular Reference 22/98 Date of Issue 13/01/98

Public Protection

LGA public protection division

Update for member authorities on the structure of the LGA public protection division, Including staff responsibilities and telephone numbers. Contact: Mike Ashley 0171 664 3022 LGA Circular Reference 507/98 Date of Issue 15/01/98

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 503/98 Date of Issue 15/01/98

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 664 296 6600 LGA Circular Reference 500/98 Date of Issue 15/01/98

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