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  • Budget cuts are unsustainable

    Figures published in the local government finance settlement signal an average cut of nearly 30 per cent to council core funding over the next four years, on top of almost 50 per cent cuts since 2010. 

  • London boroughs launch counter-fraud hub

    All London boroughs and the City of London are collaborating on a counter-fraud hub which could save millions

  • Travel costs hitting outer London’s low-paid workers

    London’s low-paid workers are being disproportionately affected by rising transport costs

  • New HIV prevention campaign focuses on safer sex and condom use

    Councils in the capital are building on their HIV prevention campaign, 'Do It London', with the launch of a new safer sex phase. 

  • Adult social care in London

    Councils increasingly have to focus resources on immediate statutory social care needs, putting prevention services at risk

  • UK’s first local government Collective Investment Vehicle fully authorised

    London CIV, the collaborative venture established by London Councils on behalf of the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation has become the first such scheme to be fully authorised in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.

  • Arts and leisure at risk from spending cuts to council budgets

    The future of theatres, parks and festivals run by London boroughs could be adversely affected by savings due to be announced in the government’s Spending Review on Wednesday (25 November). 

    London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, is concerned that funding reductions expected in the spending review will affect non statutory services such as leisure and arts as a greater proportion of councils’ reducing budgets are prioritised for statutory services. 

  • Partnership press release: London Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) Awards 2015

    The 10th annual Problem Orientated Partnerships (POP) Awards have taken place at New Scotland Yard, opened by Commander Mak Chishty.

    The awards were created to promote the excellent partnership work between the police, local authorities and other agencies to make communities safer and to promote safer travel in and around London.

  • Boroughs praised for promoting small business

    The pivotal role played by London boroughs in supporting and promoting the capital’s small businesses was highlighted today (Monday 16 November) at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards.

    Now in its third 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.

  • Boroughs need more powers to tackle problem gambling – report

    Fixed odds betting terminals are now the biggest source of gambling losses on the high street

  • Housing ‘different for London’

    88 per cent of Londoners asked believe that the capital is facing a housing crisis. 

  • £200 fines for illegally-operated skips on London’s streets

    Skip operators who don’t comply with the law may now be fined £200

  • Boroughs should ‘have the final say’ on where new schools are built

    80 per cent agree that councils should have the final say on the location of new schools within their boundaries.

  • London presents vision for greener streets through increase in ultra low emission vehicles

    London’s local and regional governments have outline their vision for an ultra low emission vehicle future

  • Outstanding apprentices honoured by London Councils

    Apprentices in London have been praised for their achievements at the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.

  • CIV takes 'an important step forward'

    London CIV has taken 'an important step forward' according to Lord Kerslake, who takes up a new role as non-executive chair as the interim board of directors is replaced with permanent directors.

    Bringing together 29 of the 32 London borough pension funds and the City of London Corporation – the London CIV is a collective investment vehicle designed to reduce costs and improve investment returns for Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds across the capital.

  • Funding remains top priority for London

    London Councils has identified a funding gap of over £3 billion in the capital by 2020

  • London Councils seeks clarification on ‘office-to-residential’

    Boroughs are warning the government must clarify its position on further changes to ‘office-to-residential’ planning regulations

  • Growing funding gap in London school expansion plans

    London will need to create 113,000 new school places over the next five years according to a new report published today.

  • New guidelines to guard against street clutter in London

    Councils will have new powers to reduce street clutter and make the pavements safer for people with impaired mobility following new guidelines published today by London Councils.

    Under previous legislation boroughs were required to seek permission from business owners to install signs and lighting on their property – an often lengthy process which was costly to the public purse. As a result, lights and signs were almost always put up on posts and columns which were both expensive and increased street clutter.

  • Authorities issue a quarter of a million fewer PCNs

    Nearly a quarter of a million fewer penalty charge notices (PCNs) for parking and traffic contraventions were issued by London boroughs and Transport for London (TfL) last year, figures reveal.

    Authorities issued 4,746,219 PCNs in 2014/15, which is a drop of 243,704 or nearly five per cent from 2013/14 (4,989,923).

    The number of appeals lodged with the independent appeals body London Tribunals fell by more than 20 per cent – nearly 11,000 fewer – and the number of appeals lodged as a percentage of total PCNs issued fell to less than one per cent.

  • Shortlist announced for tenth annual POP Awards

    The shortlist for the tenth annual Problem Oriented Partnerships (POP) Awards has been announced

  • Work Programme not working for all Londoners

    Analysis of data from the Department for Work and Pensions to discover if the job prospects of Londoners who have completed the Work Programme are affected by their age, sex, ethnicity or disability.

  • London could be 34,000 secondary places short

    London will have a shortage of 34,830 secondary school places by the end of this parliament according to updated figures released today

  • Lambeth director to join London Councils

    Guy Ware will join London Councils as Director of Finance, Performance and Procurement in September.

  • Call for policies that lead to affordable housing in London

    Government projections suggest that the number of new homes that need to be built every year to accommodate new households in the capital is 56,000.

  • Strengthening recruitment and retention of children’s social workers in London

    London boroughs have signed an agreement to work together to address long-standing issues relating to the recruitment and retention of children’s social work professionals.

    Many boroughs experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining permanent staff to children’s social work roles and this results in high numbers of agency staff being retained. 

  • New online tool for removed vehicles

    Motorists whose vehicles have been removed for parking illegally can now find their location through a new online service.

    TRACE is a towed vehicles tracing service which locates vehicles which have been removed by any council in London. It is operated by London Councils, which represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.

    The 24-hour service will advise which pound the vehicle has been moved to and provide information on the procedure for its release. It was previously only available by phone.

  • PATAS becomes London Tribunals

    London Tribunals is the new name for the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) which supports the Environment and Traffic Adjudicators and the Road User Charging Adjudicators.

    These are the independent tribunals which consider appeals against Penalty Charge Notices issued by the London Local Authorities and Transport for London for parking, traffic, road user charging, littering and waste contraventions.

  • London boroughs: next steps for integration of health and care

    Uncertainty around the direction of the Better Care Fund (BCF) could effect large-scale health integration according to London Councils

  • 100 hours ‘experience of work’ for every child from seven

    School pupils in London should receive 100 hours experience of the world of work starting from the age of seven, according to London’s business leaders and politicians. 

    The recommendation is included in an eighty-page report from the London Enterprise Panel, London Councils and the Mayor of London’s Office. The report will be launched by the Mayor Boris Johnson today (Thursday 25 June) as part of a drive to better prepare school leavers for work. 

  • Housing crisis affects more households in London

    London boroughs are developing increasingly innovative ways of tackling the capital’s homelessness crisis, as government statistics show a rise in households without a home.

    London has 75 per cent of the households in temporary accommodation in England.

  • London boroughs success in working with troubled families

    Thousands of troubled families in London have been turned around by London’s boroughs in the past three years

  • Future of London Parks at risk, warn boroughs

    Funding to maintain London’s green spaces is under threat, according to London Councils.

  • New era of online applications for Freedom Pass

    Older people across London will be able to apply for a Freedom Pass online for the first time from 1 July, following the success of the recent renewal process.  

    More than 860,000 Freedom Passes expired at the end of March. Among pass holders who renewed, 74 per cent did so online – of those, 11 per cent had never used the internet before, London Councils’ research found.

  • London’s new voice in Parliament

    For the first time, an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London has been set up and registered with the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (OPCS). 

    The London group’s inaugural meeting, which must be held prior to registration, heard that membership included 39 London MPs and two Peers – well over fifty per cent of the total number in London. 

    The secretariat for the group is London Councils on behalf of London local government. London Councils represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London.

  • Mayor Jules Pipe re-elected as Chair of London Councils

    Mayor Jules Pipe has been re-elected as chair of London Councils at the first Leaders' Committee meeting since the General Election. Cllr Claire Kober was re-elected as Deputy Chair.

    London Councils makes the case to government and other agencies to get the best deal for Londoners and ensure that local authorities have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for residents and local businesses.

    London Councils’ Executive membership remains unchanged, and Cllr Muhammed Butt takes over the role of spokesperson for equality issues.

  • Applications open for tenth annual POP Awards

    Projects which save lives, reduce property crime and tackle anti-social behaviour can now be entered for the tenth annual London Problem Orientated Partnership (POP) Awards.

    The POP Awards are a collaboration between London Councils, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Transport for London (TfL).

    They celebrate projects which respond to local needs and address the causes of crime – rather than just the consequences – and that are designed and implemented in partnership with local police and communities.

  • London Councils statement on the Queen's Speech

    Cllr Claire Kober, Deputy Chair of London Councils, said: “London Councils welcomes the fact government sees increased devolution as an engine for economic recovery and that it has introduced the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill in the Queen’s speech today to start to make this a reality.

    “London boroughs are determined that London not to be left behind. London contributes 22 per cent of GDP and must be a part of the devolution to cities agenda.”

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  • Using data to help Londoners get into work

    A pioneering online tool which brings together data on employment and skills could be the key to helping more young Londoners get into work.

    Interactive website Skills Match represents the first example of its kind of an intelligence-led approach to addressing the capital’s high youth unemployment rate (1). It has been developed by London Councils in conjunction with educational data specialists MIME Consulting.

  • Councils launch first London-wide HIV prevention campaign

    London councils are working collectively for the first-time on a campaign to cut HIV infection across the capital

  • Record number of London pupils offered preferred primary school place

    More than 95 per cent of London pupils have been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools despite unprecedented pressure on places, according to figures released today by the Pan-London Admissions Board.

    London boroughs received 103,387 applications for places this year – a record number of applications for the capital and up 900 from last year. This indicates the on-going demand for London schools.

  • London boroughs celebrate their 50th anniversary

    London’s boroughs mark 50 years since they were established, in April 1965

  • Freedom Pass switchover – thank you and don’t worry

    Freedom Pass holders who have renewed their passes in time for this week’s switchover have been thanked by Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee. Cllr Bell also reassured those who have not renewed that their passes will still be accepted for a ‘grace period’ of six weeks.

    Cllr Bell said: “I want to thank the 85 per cent of older persons’ Freedom Pass holders who have renewed in time for this week’s switchover. The vast majority of renewals have been done online, which has helped reduce the cost significantly.

  • Two-year cultural programme to come to high streets in seven London boroughs

    International event producer Serious to work with seven London boroughs to bring a two-year cultural programme to their high streets.

  • More than 690,000 Freedom Passes on their way

    More than 690,000 Freedom Pass holders across London can look forward to receiving their new older persons’ pass by the end of March. All passes renewed by the end of February have been dispatched.

    Around 860,000 older persons’ Freedom Passes expire on March 31 and pass holders were encouraged to renew online using the newly-redesigned website.

    More than 70 per cent of those who renewed did so online and London Councils’ research shows that, of those who renewed online, nearly 11 per cent had never used the internet before.

  • Statement on Care Act 2014 consultation: cap on care costs

    Statement ahead of the closure on 30 March of the consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the cap on care costs

  • Charge for plastic bags positive

    London Councils welcomes news that a mandatory 5p charge will be introduced for single-use plastic carrier bags from 5 October this year after plans were given the final go ahead by Parliament.

    London Councils, which represents all 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, was active in kick-starting the process with its London Local Authorities (Shopping Bags) Bill in November 2007, supported at the time by the Mayor of London. 

  • London's schools still need to improve, says London Councils

    London schools must improve to ensure the capital remains the educational powerhouse of the UK, according to London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment.

  • At least 1,500 households with no-one to turn to but the council

    Boroughs are reporting an increasing number of clients who cannot access benefits, leaving them extremely vulnerable. One London borough saw a rise in this group from four reported cases in 2008 to 142 in 2013.

    Individuals and families in this position are classed as having ‘No recourse to public funds’ (Nrpf), which refers specifically to people subject to immigration controls.

    Boroughs have a duty to undertake an assessment of their needs under current legislation. This group has few alternatives but can be eligible for assistance from the council.

  • Winter pressures: Health and wellbeing boards should take the reins

    We call for HWBs to be given responsibility for aligning local plans as part of a 7 Point Plan to support BCF

  • Pan-London Admissions Board: London's performance on secondary school admissions

    An additional two thousand London pupils have been offered a place at one of their preferred secondary schools this year compared to last year, according to figures released today by the Pan-London Admissions Board.

    London boroughs received 84,140 applications, an increase of nearly four per cent from last year. This indicates the high demand for primary school places which London has experienced in recent years, has begun to push through to secondary schools. 

  • London employers can benefit from being 'Learning Disability Confident'

    London employers are being urged to make a pledge to help people with learning disabilities find work and stay in work as the latest statistics confirm only a small minority are in jobs. 

  • London boroughs save £1.8m on traffic signals maintenance

    More than £1.8 million will be saved from the cost of maintaining traffic signals on London’s borough-controlled roads next year – a drop of 14.4 per cent.

    The savings are the result of a retendering process which secured new contractors to carry out the maintenance work, cutting the cost to boroughs to £10,863,463.73 for 2015/16 – down 14.4 per cent from £12,688,395.73 in 2014/15.

  • Statement on the government's latest school funding announcement

    Commenting on the government’s basic needs allocation announcement for building new school places, Cllr Peter John, London Councils’ Executive member for children, employment and skills, said:

    “London needs 113,000 school places by 2017/18, of which councils have already created 45,000 places by expanding existing schools and working with local providers to build new schools.

    “But building schools in London is expensive, because land costs are higher, as are labour costs and the cost of delivering materials for construction. 

  • New Freedom Passes are on their way

    Freedom Pass holders across London can expect an important delivery in the coming weeks as the first batches of nearly 900,000 new passes are sent on their way.

    More than 860,000 older persons’ Freedom Passes expire on March 31 and pass holders were encouraged to renew online using the newly-redesigned website. More than 75 per cent have already applied and of these 74 per cent have done so online. Of those who renewed online, nearly 11 per cent had never used the internet before.

  • Call for long term funding to address hospital beds crisis

    Greater investment in health and social care integration is the key to freeing up hospital beds and addressing the crisis in A&E in the capital, says London Councils. 

    The government has announced that councils, nationally, would receive £37 million to help with the rise in demand for home care packages over winter. However, London Councils is calling for sustainable funding of adult social care, rather than a one-off payment. Boroughs are facing a funding shortfall of £1.14 billion for adult social care by 2019/20.

  • London Councils supports clean air zone but calls for more to be done

    By the end of decade drivers of highly-polluting vehicles will have to clean up or pay up under a new scheme being proposed by TfL, but councils are calling for more ambitious targets for making London’s air cleaner.

    Ongoing reductions are needed – especially in PM2.5 – to further protect human health. In addition, London does not currently meet the EU legal limit for NO2 and London Councils believes regional and national government should do more to encourage a shift away from diesel vehicles, which are the main contributors of this kind of pollution.

  • London Councils calls for more personalised employment support

    Many people with complex needs don’t receive the tailored support they require to find a job, according to new research commissioned by London Councils.

    London Councils – which represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London – worked with Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion to explore individuals’ experiences of employment support in London and better understand the barriers they face.

  • London hit hardest by housing benefit funding reductions

    Statement on the impact of the government's decision to reduce Discretionary Housing Payments funding:

    Mayor Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils, said: “Discretionary housing payments (DHPs) are an invaluable safety net for Londoners, who are struggling with their housing costs (1).

    “This reduction will hit the capital harder than the rest of the country – we calculate that London boroughs will see a cut of more than 35 per cent in 2015/16, compared to a 24 per cent decrease nationally (2).

  • London working together to prepare for cold weather

    Partnership press release

    As the capital readies itself for the coming cold weather, Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils – the body representing all 32 of London's boroughs and the City of London – are again joining forces to keep London moving.

  • Statement on London's performance in school league tables released today

    Statement on London's performance in school league tables released today (Thursday 29 January):

    Councillor Peter John, London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment, said: “London schools are still out-performing other regions, following the recent exam and curriculum changes which have had an impact on results across the country.

    “This is a testimony to the hard work of teachers, pupils and parents, and emphasises how important it is that every effort is made to support rising education standards.

  • A further £58m confirmed to support new jobs and skills in the capital

    The Mayor of London and Chair of London Councils have welcomed £58m of new Government funding that his team will use to help create thousands of new jobs.

  • London HIV Prevention Programme media contracts announced

    Contracts have been awarded to specialist media agencies as part of the new London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) funded by London boroughs. 

  • £11m investment to help tackle long term unemployment from 2015

    Almost 4,000 people will be helped into employment after Government, the Mayor of London, London Councils and Central London boroughs signed off the details of an £11m scheme that will aim to help people struggling to find work.

  • Don’t forget – renew your Freedom Pass before the window closes

    Older people whose Freedom Passes expire at the end of March are being urged to renew their pass online before the end of January to ensure they receive their new pass before their current one expires.

    Letters have been sent to more than 860,000 older persons’ pass holders across London, with details of how to renew their Freedom Pass.