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What will the rates revaluation mean for UK business? - BBC News

What will the rates revaluation mean for UK business? - BBC News | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Businesses in property hotspots are about to see their rates rise, whilst those in areas where property prices have fallen will see their bills go down.
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Councils urged to work together to challenge big vendors | PublicTechnology.net

Councils urged to work together to challenge big vendors | PublicTechnology.net | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Local government digital officers have said that councils need to be more honest about poor products from big suppliers and work together to demand change.
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London to bear brunt of business rates overhaul - BDLN

London to bear brunt of business rates overhaul - BDLN | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of London rate-paying businesses are braced for sharply bigger bills with the release of new propert
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Capita’s shares crash after Brexit fears prompt shock profit warning

Capita’s shares crash after Brexit fears prompt shock profit warning | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Shares in outsourcing firm plunge 28% as it blames weak second half on economic uncertainty caused by EU vote
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£20m services review for Dumfries and Galloway

£20m services review for Dumfries and Galloway | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Dumfries and Galloway Council is asking residents for their views on how it can save millions of pounds.

The council has launched a budget consultation and wants to hear from local people about what services they think should be prioritised and where cuts could be made - to help save a further £20million.
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Business rates devolution must be ‘fiscally neutral’ for councils in long term

Business rates devolution must be ‘fiscally neutral’ for councils in long term | LACEF News | Scoop.it
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Our response to proposals to transfer Attendance Allowance to councils | Disability Rights UK

Our response to proposals to transfer Attendance Allowance to councils | Disability Rights UK | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Our submission is concerned with one specific aspect of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consultation: the proposals as they relate to the future of Attendance Allowance (AA). DR UK strongly disagrees with proposals to include AA within the list of responsibilities that could be funded from retained business rates in future.
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Rise in homeless families sees Council spend one million pounds at the Travelodge

Rise in homeless families sees Council spend one million pounds at the Travelodge | LACEF News | Scoop.it

Rise in homeless families sees Council spend one million pounds at the Travelodge

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In Canadian first, Edmonton police charge Freeman on the Land with 'paper terrorism' in speeding ticket dispute

This is the first time police in Canada have been able to pin a charge to a Freeman based on the practice of trying to overwhelm and intimidate the legal system
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Making all schools academies 'will cost £320m'

Making all schools academies 'will cost £320m' | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Read Making all schools academies 'will cost £320m' latest on ITV News. All the Education news
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Concentrix: 'Suicidal calls' made to tax credits firm - BBC News

Concentrix: 'Suicidal calls' made to tax credits firm - BBC News | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Staff working for a firm used by the government to cut fraudulent benefit payments were told to keep "suicidal" clients on the phone until police arrived at their homes, the BBC learns.
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Departments buck trend of declining FOI requests | Civil Service World

Departments buck trend of declining FOI requests | Civil Service World | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Three government departments have bucked a general decline in Freedom of Information Act requests with query hikes of up to 20%, new figures reveal. 

 Just-published Cabinet Office data for the period from April to June this year shows there was a 4.4% overall decrease in the number of demands for information lodged by members of the public, researchers, and businesses with departments and other monitored government bodies – such as the National Archives and Ofsted.
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Council finance settlement will not address social care concerns, counties warn

Council finance settlement will not address social care concerns, counties warn | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Social care services for county councils are facing widespread funding shortages despite new settlements from the government, according to the County Councils Network (CCN). 

The CCN’s response to the Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into social care said that funding in the 2015 Spending Review and the local government finance settlement is not enough to meet social care demands in the counties.
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Business rate rise to push up cost of broadband, BT says - BBC News

Business rate rise to push up cost of broadband, BT says - BBC News | LACEF News | Scoop.it
BT condemns "excessive" new business rates, which it says will push up the cost of broadband services.
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Woman jailed over £102,000 benefits fraud

Woman jailed over £102,000 benefits fraud | LACEF News | Scoop.it
A 43-year old woman, who falsely claimed benefits of more than £100,000 over a six year period, has been jailed for 16 months.
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These charts show just how different London's economy is to the rest of the UK

These charts show just how different London's economy is to the rest of the UK | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Business rates are set to more than double.
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Private V Social Debate | Simple Landlord Insurance

Private V Social Debate | Simple Landlord Insurance | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Received wisdom has it that privately rented accommodation is overpriced, poor value and – crucially – an unstable option, while social housing is commended as affordable and secure.

But new data from the Ministry of Justice reveals that the opposite just might be true: over half of repossessions in the first three months of 2016 were in social housing (57 per cent), while a mere 15 per cent of claims took place in privately rented homes.

The remaining 28 per cent were accelerated possessions – a mixture of social and private claims.

The majority of claims which results in county court repossessions are from social housing (44 per cent), with 42 per cent accelerated and 14 per cent private.
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Wrexham Council to Expand Online Services

Wrexham Council to Expand Online Services | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Residents across Wrexham will soon be able to access more Council services online as part of an expansion of the authority's digital agenda. The move to pr
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Oxfordshire councils shake-up: One authority or three? The pros and cons

Oxfordshire councils shake-up: One authority or three? The pros and cons | LACEF News | Scoop.it

LOCAL government in Oxfordshire is "broken".
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English tourism forecast to outgrow general economy for 10 years

English tourism forecast to outgrow general economy for 10 years | LACEF News | Scoop.it
The English tourism industry is booming and is predicted to grow faster than the overall economy every year for the next decade, according to new…
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A fine mess: how diplomats get away without paying parking tickets

A fine mess: how diplomats get away without paying parking tickets | LACEF News | Scoop.it
In New York, UN officials have racked up $16m in unpaid parking tickets, while London is owed £100m in congestion charge fees. Is this a small price to pay so bigger issues get addressed – or shameless dishonesty from those with power?
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Agile switch boosts DVLA’s digital progress

Agile switch boosts DVLA’s digital progress | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Change in methodologies and GDS support has enabled the agency to complete eight projects in three years
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Aylesbury Vale saves £4 million through ‘three S’ approach

Aylesbury Vale saves £4 million through ‘three S’ approach | LACEF News | Scoop.it
Socitm says council has reduced cost of staff, accommodation and phone calls through ‘simplifiy, standardise and share’
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‘Major’ HMRC digital changes face delays in light of leftover concerns

‘Major’ HMRC digital changes face delays in light of leftover concerns | LACEF News | Scoop.it
HMRC’s plans to implement the Making Tax Digital (MTD) plan may need to be delayed to ensure a proper consultation, the chair of the Treasury Committee has said. 

A letter to chancellor Philip Hammond from Andrew Tyrie, the chair of the Treasury Committee, confirms that the Treasury wants to finish the consultation on Making Tax Digital by 7 November. This would allow the draft Finance Bill clauses to be published at the end of November and the bill to go through Parliament next year.
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Money for rogue landlord crackdown being used to arrest tenants instead

Money for rogue landlord crackdown being used to arrest tenants instead | LACEF News | Scoop.it

Millions of pounds’ worth of government funds earmarked to combat rogue landlords is being used to arrest tenants instead, a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests have revealed.

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