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LGA CHECKLIST OF CIRCULARS 35/97

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Information sent to LGA member authorities on Wednesday 31 December 1997 ...
Information sent to LGA member authorities on Wednesday 31 December 1997

CHECKLIST 35/97

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.

EDUCATION

Inter authority recoupment for special education needs

Detailed guidance of new methodology for special needs recoupment which has been endorsed by the CLEA Task Group. Contact: Ivor Widdison 0171 664 3316. LGA Circular Reference 483/97Date of Issue 30/12/97

ENVIRONMENT

Conference on regions

The LGA is proposing to hold a one day conference on regional issues on 24 February 1998. The event will emphasise the broad regional agenda and will address the Government's regional devolution policies including RDAs and regional chambers. Contact: Tony Blake 0171 664 3348. LGA Circular Reference 478/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Consulting the Community

The LGA and the Community Development Foundation will be holding a one day conference on 19 March in London. The theme of the conference will focus on the recognition of the importance to authorities of having good relationships with their communities. Contact: Helen Goody 0171 664 3034. LGA Circular Reference 476/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Land use, development control and related planning statistics (LUDCARPS) sub group

Minutes of the last LUDCARPS meeting held on 16 October 1997. Contact: Ian Thomas 0171 664 3052. LGA Circular Reference 460/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Multilateral agreement on investment

Local authorities are alerted to the negotiations with the OECD on investment and their views are sought on whether this agreement would weaken the ability of local authorities to formulate economic development/inward investment policies. Contact: Alisa Blair 0171 664 3159. LGA Circular Reference 457/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Regional Development Agencies

Following publication of the White Paper `Building Partnerships for Prosperity', the Government published the Regional Development Agencies Bill on 10 December 1997. The LGA response to the White Paper was circulated with LGA Circular 452/97. Contact: Tony Blake 0171 664 3348. LGA Circular Reference 477/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

The Children's Society - children's planning and environment month: guidance for planners and school

Two guides have been published by the Children's Society, which are intended to provide information to help local authorities organising events to mark 'Children's Planning and Environment Month' in February 1998. Contact: Tony Rich 0171 664 3045. LGA Circular Reference 466/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Towards integrated development services

Details of a one day conference jointly organised by the LGA and DETR on integrated development services, including the Development Team Approach and Ones Stop Shops, it will also cover the implications of the Government's Best Value initiative. Contact: Tony Rich 0171 664 3045. LGA Circular Reference 469/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Welfare to Work update

Update for authorities on developments in relation to the Government's Welfare to Work programme. Authorities are also asked for feedback on concerns about difficulties in local implementation. Contact: Gavin Wilson 0171 664 3199 LGA Circular Reference 470/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

FIRE

Request to fire authorities for information on 'Best Value'

Information is requested on the current position of fire authorities in relation to the introduction of Best Value into the fire service. Contact: Kate Francis 0171 664 3173. LGA Circular Reference 484/97Date of Issue 30/12/97

HOUSING

Crime and Disorder Bill: implementation issues

The seminar on the Crime and Disorder Bill will be held in London on 2 February 1998 at the Regents Park Marriott Hotel. Contact: Bookings 01723 515479. LGA Circular Reference 458/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Government objectives for the long term funding of supported housing

LGA response to the Government's objectives for long term funding of supported housing. Contact: Paul Lautman 0171 664 3340. LGA Circular Reference 463/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

HOUSING

Housing expenditure plans 1998/99

Briefing on the Government's housing expenditure plans for 1998/99, the LGA's response and a Ministerial letter on the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy for 1998/99. Contact: Paul Lautman 0171 664 3340. LGA Circular Reference 482/97Date of Issue 30/12/97

National Training Organisation for Housing

The LGA jointly with CoSLA , the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation, have submitted a bid to establish a National Training Organisation for Housing. Authorities are asked to contribute up to£500 towards the running costs of the organisation for the first three years of its operation. Contact: Mathew Warburton 0171 664 3234. LGA Circular Reference 465/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Seminar on `Benefit Fraud Prosecutions'

The LGA is holding a one day seminar on 'Benefit Fraud Prosecutions' on 12 February 1998, in London. The objective of the seminar is to focus in depth on the use of prosecutions in relation to Council Tax and Housing Benefit Fraud. Contact: Zoe Charlesworth 0171 664 3284. LGA Circular Reference 480/97Date of Issue 30/12/97

LGA MEMBER SERVICES

Appointments to Committees

LGA Consultation Paper on the process for appointments to LGA Committees, responses are requested by 28 February 1998. Contact: Sally Humphreys 0171 664 3285. LGA Circular Reference 462/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

LGA Parliamentary Monitoring and Information Service

Details of the LGA Parliamentary Monitoring and Information Service (PaMIS) which is available to member authorities of the LGA. The service is a subscription based facility which has been established for a number of years toprovide a unique Parliamentary resource for those authorities who require specialist information and advice. Contact: Jim Duvall 0171 664 3018. LGA Circular Reference 474/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Local Government Talkback

Due to distribution difficulties some authorities may not have received the Dec/Jan issue of Talkback. Further copies are available from: 0171 664 3324. Contact: Donna Davis 0171 664 3324. LGA Circular Reference 467/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Consultation on 1998 pay negotiations

Authorities' views are sought on a range of questions relating to the forthcoming 1998 pay negotiations. Responses are requested by 30 January. Contact: Bob Mayho 0171 664 3271. LGA Circular Reference 472/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Forthcoming government study on the funding of additional support provided for members of ethnic minorities

Comments are on the study are requested by 2 February 1998. Contact: Julia Bennett 0171 664 3330. LGA Circular Reference 468/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

LGA seasonal message to elected members

Sir Jeremy Beecham has written to all elected members in England and Wales with details of the LGA activities on behalf of local government in 1997 and information on key Association priorities for 1998. Contact: Jim Duvall 0171 664 3018. LGA Circular Reference 475/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

The '98 Information Technology Show

The LGA and the WLGA are among those supporting the 1998 Information Technology Show in Swansea on the 28 - 29 January. Details of the event have been circulated. Contact: Jim Duvall 0171 664 3108. LGA Circular Reference 459/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Capital Resources 1998-99

Information on local authority capital resources for 1998-99. Contact: Keith Beaumont 0171 664 3336 . LGA Circular Reference 481/97Date of Issue 30/12/97

Changes proposed to the capital financing SSA for 1998/99

Briefing note prepared by the DETR on the changes proposed to the capital Financing SSA for 1998/99 and an exemplification of the effect of basing April 1990 debt on the greater of notional or actual debt. Contact: Stephen Lord 0171 664 3220. LGA Circular Reference 473/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Local government finance review: capital finance

Report on the third meeting of the Capital Finance Task Group which took place on 10 December and invites authorities views on the 4Ps proposals for amending the capital finance system and on a LGA paper on alternative control frameworks. Contact: Keith Beaumont 0171 664 3336. LGA Circular Reference 471/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

Settlement Working Group (SWG) 15 December 1997

Summary of key issues discussed at the meeting of the SWG, including the provisional RSG Settlement and the latest on the timetable for the Local Government Finance Review. Contact: Trevor Wenman 0171 664 3223. LGA Circular Reference 479/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

POLICE

Proposed objectives for the National Crime Squad and National Criminal Intelligence Service

Requestfor contributions to the Association of Police Authorities response to the National Service Authorities' proposals for objectives for these organisations in 1998/99. Contact: Malcolm Watson 0171 664 3169. Police Circular Reference 19/97Date of Issue 23/12/97

POLICE

Standard Spending Assessments for 1998/99 and analysis of possible council tax changes

Analysis of the changes to the Police SSA proposed for 98/99 in the RSG Consultation Paper and of possible changes in Police council tax precepts in 1998/99. Contact: John Street 0171 664 3290 Police Circular Reference 20/97Date of Issue 23/12/97

PUBLIC PROTECTION

Discussion with DETR on the devolution of local authority building control fees

Report of discussions in the LGA/DETR Building Control Fees Working Group, and revised timetable for the implementation of Charge Regulations devolving fee setting to local authorities. Contact: Mike Ashley 0171 664 3022 LGA Circular Reference 464/97Date of Issue 18/12/97

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