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  • Draft Victims' Bill Briefing

    The Draft Victims’ Bill was published for pre legislative scrutiny on Wednesday 25th May. It was published alongside a response to the results of the “Delivering Justice for Victims” consultation that the Ministry of Justice ran in preparation for drafting the bill. Read London Councils’ response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation here
    The Victims’ Code 
  • Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

    The Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan, published by the Home Office on 30 March 2022, takes a holistic approach to Domestic Abuse, including discussion of the impact of health and education and the wider system challenges to tackling Domestic Abuse.  The key points of interest for boroughs will be funding available for victim support services, including for migrant victims, additional funding for support for children and funding for the expansion and evaluation of perpetrator programmes.

  • Discretionary Housing Payments

    Given the rising pressure of the cost of living, boroughs anticipate an increase in the number of London residents unable to meet their housing costs, yet reduced Discretionary Housing Payment funding means boroughs will be able to support fewer households. While other means of support provided by the government will be vital in supporting households through the cost of living crisis Discretionary Housing Payments remain the only tool available to provide additional help with housing costs and it is essential that funding is sufficient to meet demand.

  • Online Safety Bill

    This briefing updates members on the key provisions of the Online Safety Bill and their policy implications for local government work to tackle violence against women and girls in particular.

  • SEND Delivering transport services for children with Special Educational Needs

    This briefing sets out the findings from recent analysis by London Councils into the current cost pressures and challenges facing transport services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The cost of delivering SEN transport services has been rising in line with demand trends for children with SEND, since the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014 which extended the age range of eligibility for support and raised parental expectations.

  • Surface Water Flood Risk Management in London

    This briefing provides a summary of the issues surrounding surface water flooding and the work of the Surface Water Flooding Task and Finish Group that was established following the flooding events in July 2021.

  • Health and Social Care Integration

    On 9 February the government published a white paper: Health and social care integration: joining up care for people, places and populations. This briefing alerts members to the main points of the white paper’s contents and policy implications for the capital.

  • Levelling Up White Paper

    This briefing updates members on the main policy objectives of the recently published Levelling Up the United Kingdom White Paper and its implications for London.

  • Victims’ Bill Consultation

    The government’s proposed Victims’ Bill, which aims to improve services and support for victims of crime, will impact on the work of local authorities in a number of ways. Ahead of legislation being drawn up, the government is consulting on how best to deliver justice for victims. This briefing advises members of key areas under consultation and the current proposals.

  • The Provisional 2022-23 Local Government Finance Settlement

    The provisional 2022-23 Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 16 December 2021 following a Written Ministerial Statement by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). It outlines provisional funding allocations for local authorities for 2022-23. This briefing provides a summary of the outcome for London local government.