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  • The Serious Violence Duty Commences on 31st January

    The Serious Violence Duty, which is encompassed in the Police Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 is part of the Government’s broad approach to prevent and reduce serious violence. The key strands being a multi-agency public health approach to understanding the drivers and impacts of serious violence, and a focus on prevention and early intervention.

  • Mission Zero - The Skidmore Net Zero Review


    The Skidmore Net Zero Review, titled ‘Mission Zero’, is an extensive independent review into the UK’s current net zero policies. It is broken into two main sections: first, it outlines the opportunity of net zero and how action to tackle climate change can contribute to growth; second, it covers six thematic pillars covering how central government needs to work to secure net zero, the decarbonisation of energy, the role of local government, business, and the individual in net zero, research and development, and carbon markets. It includes 129 recommendations.

  • Provisional Local Government Financial Settlement 2023-24


    The provisional 2023-24 Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 19 December 2022 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 2023-24. Full details can be found on the DLUHC website1. This briefing provides a summary of the outcome for London local government.

  • Member Briefing: Armed Forces Covenant


    This purpose of this briefing is to inform London boroughs about the Armed Forces Covenant. It will inform boroughs why they need to understand, and take account of this Covenant, and the resources which are available to assist them.

  • Member briefing: Social Housing Rent Ceiling


    At the Autumn Statement on 17 November 2022 the government confirmed they would introduce a one-year 7 per cent rent ceiling in 2023/24. This rent ceiling would set an upper limit on the maximum amount that providers of social housing will be able to increase rents by next year and has been brought forward by Government in response to the inflation-driven cost of living crisis that is severely impacting residents. 

    The government consultation, launched in August, initially proposed to set the ceiling at 5 per cent. 

  • Hong Kong BN(O)s Year 1 Review

    Following DLUHC’s announcement, on July 22, confirming the second year of their £43 million Integration Programme for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) visa holders, the Greater London Authority (GLA), as one of the 12 regional UK Welcome Hubs, has developed a Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) visa: Year 1 Review - Briefing document for London Boroughs.


    This briefing provides a comprehensive summary of:

  • Autumn Statement and Local Government Funding


    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, delivered his first Autumn Statement on 17th November 2022. As well as the usual updates on the state of public finances and the performance of the economy (in the context of challenging global conditions), the Chancellor also set out the broad policy direction in three key areas: economic stability, economic growth and public services. The key policy announcements relating to public spending and local government are summarised below:

    Key Headlines

  • Cost-of-living crisis affecting London’s ability to prevent climate change

    As we enter the week of COP27, a year on from Glasgow, London Councils' commissioned research shows that people want to take action to tackle climate change but see cost as a key barrier, especially in the context of the cost-of-living crisis.

  • London government's response to the Ukraine crisis

    This briefing summarises the challenges facing London boroughs suppporting Ukrainian refugees, and shares some examples of best practice as well as London Councils’ key asks of government. It also includes an update on the latest data on the Ukraine visa schemes.

  • ASC charging reform - consultation response by London Councils.

    Read our response to the Government's consultation on adult social care charging reform: distribution of funding 2023 to 2024.