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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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