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  • Member briefing: Social Housing Rent Ceiling

    Introduction

    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

    Introduction

    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:

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Homelessness Prevention Grant 2023/24 onwards: technical consultation - consultation response by London Councils

    Read our resposne to the Government’s consultation on the Homelessness Prevention Grant (HPG) 2023-24.

  • 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.