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  • Member Briefing: The Mini-Budget 2022

    The Government’s Growth Plan – widely referred to as a “Mini-Budget” - published on 23 September 2022 included a suite of measures to tackle the energy and cost of living crises and set out a series of policy announcements designed to stimulate economic growth. This briefing provides an overview of the policy announcements and the implications for London local government. 

  • September Budget 2022 London Councils’ Key Priorities

    It is vital that the forthcoming emergency Budget supports London’s residents and businesses through the challenging period ahead. London boroughs will work in partnership with the new Government, the GLA, business and voluntary sector partners to support residents, promote London’s contribution to the wider economy and continue the delivery of vital services to millions of Londoners. We urge the Government to ensure London boroughs are equipped with the funding and powers to be able to do so.

  • Modern Slavery

    This briefing explores the findings of the latest annual report from the London Modern Slavery Leads Network and includes our commentary on upcoming legislative changes and development of new policies relating to modern slavery.

  • 2021 Census First Data Release

    The Census is incredibly important for central and local government both to inform policy makers and to plan the delivery of public services. As well as underpinning the population estimates the Census provides unequalled detail on population characteristics, helping authorities tailor services to reflect the needs of residents.

  • Basement Flash Flooding Campaign 2022

     

    This briefing updates members on the recent launch of the Basement Flash Flooding Campaign and provides an update on the recent actions undertaken by London Councils and partners following the floods of 12th and 25th July 2021.

  • 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.