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  • National Primary Offer Day 2017 - London figures

    97 per cent of children due to start primary school in London in September 2017 have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

  • London Councils statement - free school sites in London

    London Councils has commented on data on acquiring free school sites in London.

  • Doubts over impact of apprenticeship levy

    Flaws in the apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April 2017, could affect its ability to increase the number of new apprenticeships created.

  • Boroughs praised for promoting small business

    The pivotal role played by London boroughs in supporting and promoting the capital’s small businesses was highlighted this week at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards.

    Now in its fourth year, the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards is run by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, and the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses. The awards give councils well-deserved recognition for effective and imaginative schemes that encourage local entrepreneurship.

  • Shortlist of councils up for Small Business Friendly Borough award revealed after record number of entries

    London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses have announced the shortlist for the fourth Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, aiming to showcase councils in the capital that go the extra mile for small businesses. 

    The awards, now in their fourth year, provide a platform for London’s 33 local authorities, including the City of London, to highlight their business-friendly policies and procedures.

    The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Kingsway Hall Hotel on Thursday, March 30.

    The shortlisted boroughs are:

  • Team of flood fighting experts appointed to reduce risk to London households

    A TEAM of experts has been appointed to help protect households across London from flooding.  

    Set up with funding from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and support from London Councils, the new Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) Project Advisor Team will work with boroughs to develop new flood risk management schemes.

    The team of five officers and a project leader will also help councils deliver their existing schemes and help them to secure further funding to better protect communities from the devastating effects of flooding. 

  • Pupils negatively affected by school budget reductions, according to London Councils' research

    London Councils has submitted its response to the second stage of the National Funding Formula for schools consultation and published initial findings from a survey of headteachers.

  • Have your say on reductions to London schools' funding

    London Councils is urging Londoners to have their say on government proposals to change the way schools are funded, before time runs out.

  • Budget 2017: Education funding statement

    Cllr Peter John OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and executive member with responsibility for education, comments on the education funding annoucements in the Budget.

  • Budget 2017: Social care statement

    Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE, London Councils’ executive member for adult social care, comments on the social care funding announcement in the Budget

  • Budget 2017: London Government – the Mayor and boroughs – receives further devolved power from Government

    Commenting on the new Memorandum of Understanding on further devolution to London, Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:

  • Retaining Right To Buy receipts and cutting red tape could give London boroughs an extra £470m to spend on housebuilding

    Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing, comments on the Government's consultation on capital finances regulations for local government.

     

  • Workshop to help shape London Lorry Control Scheme’s future

    The freight and haulage industry is being invited to contribute to the London Lorry Control Scheme review at a dedicated Operators’ Workshop.

  • National Secondary School Offer Day 2017

    94 per cent of children due to start secondary school in London this September have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools, according to figures released by the Pan London Admissions Board.

  • Family homelessness in London rising at a faster rate than across England

    Family homelessness in London is rising at a faster rate than across England, with councils struggling to provide temporary accommodation, according to research from EY and London Councils. 

    The demand on temporary accommodation is particularly severe in London where the increase in the number of families accepted as homeless has increased by 51% compared with the national equivalent of 15% since 2011.

  • Search begins for providers to deliver Work and Health programme in London

    A programme which will drive forward the devolution agenda in London has taken another step forward, as the search begins for providers to deliver the Work and Health programme. 

    Over 100 providers gathered at the Drum in Wembley today (Thursday), to hear more about the scheme, which will help disabled people and the long-term unemployed into work. This follows another market engagement event at City Hall last week which also attracted over 100 organisations.

  • Statement - NAO report on capital funding for schools

    London Councils' response to the National Audit Office's report on schools capital funding, which was published on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

  • London Councils' response to Local Government Finance Settlement

    Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Chair of London Councils, comments on the final Local Government Finance Settlement.

  • Cities fear school funding cuts will hinder growth

    London Councils and Core Cities UK have written a joint letter to Justine Greening MP regarding the damage school funding cuts could do to city growth and development.

  • Valentine’s Day daters urged to stay safe with London Councils safety app

    Londoners venturing into the dating world this Valentine’s Day are being urged to stay safe by downloading a new London Councils safety app.

    Circle, a universal safety app that can be downloaded free on both Apple and Android phones, allows users to create a network of contacts who can be called on for help in difficult or potentially awkward situations.  

    Pioneered by YouTube star Hannah Witton, it was developed as part of the London Ventures portfolio of products by Xantura with support from women’s charities.

  • London Councils statement: Dubs Amendment

    Responding to Government's announcement on ending its commitment to the Dubs Amendment, Cllr Claire Kober, chair of London Councils, said: 

    “It is deeply disappointing that Government has chosen to end its commitment to the Dubs Amendment after such a short period of time.  

    “Councils in London have stepped up and taken responsibility in this very real humanitarian crisis, with an estimated one in three of the total number of children who arrived in the UK as a result of the Dubs Amendment having been settled in the capital already. 

  • London Councils statement on Housing White Paper

    Responding the the publication of the Government's Housing White Paper, Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils' executive member for housing, said:

    “The UK has not been building enough homes to properly house its population for many years. This negatively impacts the quality of life for everyone, on the aspirations of young people in particular and on businesses.

    “In London alone we now have 50,000 households in temporary accommodation and have seen consistent increases- laying bare the full impact of welfare reform coupled with a housing supply crisis.

  • London MPs meet to discuss impact of schools funding proposals

    London MPs will meet today (February 7) to consider the impact of the government’s proposed National Funding Formula (NFF) and wider cost pressures on the capital’s schools. 

    The APPG for London will host an expert panel of speakers in the House of Commons who will give MPs a range of perspectives on the challenges faced by London’s schools and the vital importance of maintaining good standards of education. 

    Speakers include: 

  • London Councils releases new guidance for tracking gang members

    London Councils has released new guidance for boroughs to help track gang members across the capital.

    The London Gang Member Referral Guide offers councils advice on tackling gang violence, keeping communities safe and supporting gang members who want to turn their lives around.

  • Significant step in devolution call after Work and Health Programme budget is transferred to London

    Another significant step along the road to devolution took place today, with Whitehall officially passing the budget for the Work and Health Programme to London boroughs.

    The funding – which amounts to up to £80 million over five years – will be used by councils to help the long-term unemployed and those with health conditions or disabilities enter the world of work in the capital. Additional funding of around £60 million will also be available through the European Social Fund, taking the total to £140 million.

  • Programme to tackle London fraudsters launches in five boroughs

    Five London boroughs have launched a major crackdown on criminals defrauding London's councils out of millions of pounds.

    Camden, Ealing, Islington, Croydon and Southwark have begun piloting the London Counter Fraud Hub, a partnership between all boroughs in the capital to better target those responsible for unpaid council tax, illegal property letting and unpaid business rates.

    The hub, which is run with data analytics provided by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has the potential to save London tax payers £60 million a year on average. 

  • School funding cuts could damage economic growth

    The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and London Councils are alerting the capital’s business community to the threat that funding cuts to London schools could pose to economic growth.

  • London Councils statement on rough sleeping statistics

    Responding to the latest government statsitics on rough sleeping, Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils' executive member for housing, said: “These figures make stark reading, particularly the huge increase in the number of rough sleepers in the last five years.

    “Now is the time for Government to act – this worsening situation simply cannot be allowed to continue.  London Councils has made clear that pledge to fully fund a new homelessness reduction bill must be properly reviewed – costings must not be based on estimates and guesswork.  

  • London Councils appoints contractor to drive forward Collaborative Delivery Vehicle for housing

    London Councils has appointed a contractor to help drive plans to improve and boost housing across the capital.

  • Government slammed for failing to heed warnings on ‘unrealistic’ apprenticeship targets

    PLANS by Government to press ahead with “unrealistic” targets will see London boroughs put under pressure to increase their creation of apprenticeships by more than 570%.

    Ministers were today criticised for failing to heed warnings from London Councils by sticking to plans for a new Public Sector Apprenticeship Target, which have been branded unfair.

  • Homelessness Reduction Bill: London Councils' response to funding announcement

    Responding to the Homelessness Reduction Bill funding announcement this week, Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing, said:

  • Apply for your child's primary school place

    London Councils is reminding parents to ensure they apply for a primary school place for their child before the 15 January 2017 deadline.

  • London Councils and Federation of Small Businesses launch fourth Small Business Friendly Borough Awards

    London Councils has once again teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses to launch the fourth Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, aiming to showcase councils in the capital that go the extra mile for small businesses. 

    The awards, now in their fourth year, provide an excellent platform for London’s 33 local authorities, including the City of London, to highlight their business-friendly policies and procedures. The closing date for this year’s nominations is 10 February 2017.

  • Londoners urged to eat, drink and recycle

    London Councils is reminding people across the capital to recycle throughout the festive season to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste that ends up in landfill sites.

  • Influential HIV prevention campaign tackles rising STIs in London

    London’s innovative HIV prevention campaign, Do It London, launches a new winter phase today, drawing attention to the steep rises in sexually transmitted infections in the capital in recent years. The campaign, which spans advertising across the transport network, print press, social media, radio and digital display, encourages Londoners to wrap up this winter by ‘doing it with a condom’. 

    Do It London is the campaigning arm of the London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP). This unique partnership of all 32 boroughs and the City of London is led on their behalf by Lambeth Council.