Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Welsh Government has responded to the letter sent from SLCC Chief Executive, Rob Smith. The letter called for the Welsh Government to address the issue of financial support for town and community councils in Wales to assist with the loss of income due to the coronavirus
The Government has announced that its planning policy paper, which will set ‘out its plan for comprehensive reforms of England’s planning system to better support the economy and release more land for housing in areas that need it most’, will be published later this month. Further information about the announcement is available by clicking here.
Information has been published in a letter to local councils from Simon Clarke MP, Local Government Minister and Rebecca Pow MP, Environment Minister which includes guidelines on the opening of public toilets. The government are keen to keep public toilets open where possible in order that those people who need to make use of the
The LocalGov website reports that the government is to hand over £300m to principal authorities in England to support track and trace work in order that any future outbreaks be managed locally. Under the plans, councils have been asked to submit detailed virus control plans by the end of June to demonstrate how they would
The Government has published regulations extending accounts and audit deadlines in England for 2020. The Regulations do not apply to Wales although we expect separate regulations. The period during which public rights of inspection may be exercised is now a period of 30 days commencing no later than Tuesday 1 September 2020. The rule that
Eagerly anticipated Regulations enabling town and parish councils to lawfully conduct virtual meetings have been published. The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (found here) have now been issued and will come into force on 4 April. Separate
In the light of the latest guidance on social distancing, the MoJ casework team is making changes to its business practices. First – it will be prioritising any exhumation applications which are required to facilitate new burials (as opposed to facilitating only the disturbance of existing remains). Where this is the case, they would be
Local government elections due to take place on 7th May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Government’s announcement, a U-turn on its previous position, follows calls from within the sector and the Electoral Commission. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: ‘We will bring forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and
Support to parish councils who wish to build a small number of homes to allow their communities to grow, a fully digitised planning system, reform of how local housing need is calculated and new rules to encourage building upwards are among the proposals ‘to bring Britain’s planning system into the 21st Century’ that will be
Local Government News reports that the Oakervee review into HS2, commissioned by the government, has recommended the full high speed rail network go ahead including the eastern leg. For further information click here.