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Housing White Paper - Fixing the Broken Housing Market consultation
NALC has issued a consultation paper on the Housing White Paper
100% Business Rates Retention Consultation
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a further consultation on the Government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates they raise locally.
The link to the consultation documents can be found at:
The move to 100% Business Rates Retention is a reform that councils have long campaigned for. As well as moving councils away from dependency on central government, the reforms will provide councils with strengthened incentives and flexibilities to boost growth in their areas.
This change in the relationship between central and local government has been long overdue. From the outset, DCLG has been determined to collaborate closely with local government and business on the design of these reforms – to make sure the process reflects the needs of areas up and down the country, and to help ensure that the new system works in the way authorities expect it to. This is why the Government published an open consultation last summer on the design of the reforms. That is also why the Government is continuing to engage direct with councils, businesses and their representatives on detailed aspects of the reforms.
DCLG also want views on how the system can help authorities to manage and share risk, including in those parts of the country where there is more than one tier of local government. It wants councils to lead the way and to help us understand how the system can best work in those areas. This is why DCLG has also confirmed that it is interested in building on the existing pilot scheme and will be inviting all councils to apply to participate in piloting aspects of 100% Business Rates Retention from April 2018.
Provisional Position of NALC
The Association is minded to again promote its current business rates positions in response to this consultation as below;
- That parishes should retain 5% of the local business rate generated in their areas
- That full rate relief should be granted on public conveniences owned or managed by parishes
- That parishes should (like charities) be granted mandatory rate relief on NNDR payment on community facilities they own or manage (including cemeteries).
Please e-mail your responses to this consultation to email@example.com by 17:00 on Wednesday 26 April, 2017
Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill
The Cabinet Office has published draft legislation setting out the Government’s plans for a new Public Service Ombudsman (PSO) which will abolish the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The aims of the new body are to improve access to the Ombudsman’s services by: allowing for all complaints to be made with or without the help of a representative and in a variety of formats to meet the digital age; providing simpler access to individuals who believe that they have suffered injustice or hardship; and sharing the learning from failures to improve services for everyone. The Draft Bill proposes to bring parish and councils into scope of the new Ombudsman.
The link to the draft Bill can be found here
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation in March 2015 titled ‘Extending the remit of the Local Government Ombudsman to larger parish and town councils’, proposing to extend the redress available to the public by extending the jurisdiction of the LGO to larger parish and town councils responsible for substantial sums of public money and whose decisions affect a large number of people. The definitions consulted upon were councils whose population base was 35,000 or more, over £1m precept income, or a combination of population over 25,000 and £1m precept. We consulted members on whether the jurisdiction of the Local Government Ombudsman should be extended to larger parish and town councils and how larger parish and town councils should be defined for this purpose.
In our response NALC argued that;
for the first two years of this extension, the remit of the LGO should be extended to cover larger councils with an electorate size of 6,000 or more on an annual budgeted income or spend of £250K per annum (the NALC definition of a larger council);
after two years there should be a policy review and if it is found that the extension of the LGO remit to this size of parish council has worked well, the LGO remit should be further extended to cover all sizes of parish council;
NALC's full response can be found here:
In December 2015 the Cabinet Office compiled responses and gave their response to the consultation titled ‘A Public Service Ombudsman: Government Response to Consultation’ where there was a call for the Ombudsmen to have greater accountability and for there to be some form of scrutiny of the Ombudsman’s decisions on individual cases. A single Ombudsman was favored as a simpler approach. The draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill takes this approach forward.
Provisional position of NALC
It has been a longstanding policy of NALC’s that the remit of the LGO should be extended to cover all parish and town councils. However in our response to the DCLG consultation we proposed the use of our definition of a larger council and that following a policy review the LGO should cover all parishes. Based on this we are not against this draft Bill although we will be examining it in further detail. However we are concerned that the PSO will have the capacity to cover all 10,000 parishes and we will be raising this with government.
Although the timescale for parliamentary passage is unclear – an issue we are picking up with Cabinet Office and DCLG – we would welcome your comments on the Bill as soon as possible, please e-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17.00 on 24 January 2017.
Regional & Local
Minerals and Waste Development Framework for Oxfordshire
CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED MAIN MODIFICATIONS TO OXFORDSHIRE MINERALS AND WASTE LOCAL PLAN: PART 1 – CORE STRATEGY AND SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL REPORT UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2017
The Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 – Core Strategy (Core Strategy) was submitted for examination in December 2015. The Secretary of State appointed Mr. Brian Cook BA(Hons) Dip.TP MRTPI as the Planning Inspector to carry out the independent examination of the Core Strategy.
In April 2016, the Council undertook consultation on a number of additional documents. The Inspector held examination hearing sessions in September 2016.
The Inspector issued an Interim Report in October 2016, in which he provided his conclusions on the amount of provision that needs to be made for mineral working and waste management over the plan period to 2031. The Interim Report also concluded that further strategic environmental assessment / sustainability appraisal (SEA/SA) should be carried out, in conjunction with the preparation of Proposed Main Modifications to the Core Strategy.
In accordance with the Inspector’s Interim Report, the Council has prepared Proposed Main Modifications to the Core Strategy and a comprehensive new SEA/SA report update. These documents were approved for consultation by the Council’s Cabinet on 24 January 2017 and are now being published for public consultation. The Council considers that these Main Modifications are necessary to make the Core Strategy sound and is therefore making a formal request to the Inspector to recommend modifications to the plan.
The period for making representations on the Proposed Main Modifications and the SEA/SA report update runs for a period of six weeks from 03 February 2017 to 5.00pm on 20 March
2017, after which representations cannot be accepted.
All documents can be viewed on line and downloaded at:
and will be available for inspection during normal opening hours at: Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND.
Alternative means of viewing the documents may be arranged, if necessary, by contacting the Minerals and Waste Policy Team on the contact details below.
At this stage, representations should only relate to the Proposed Main Modifications and/or the SEA/SA report update, and not to other aspects of the Core Strategy. The Proposed Main Modifications are put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the plan. All duly made representations on the Proposed Main Modifications and the SEA/SA report update that are received within the consultation period will be forwarded to, and will be taken into account by the Inspector.
The Council is also publishing a schedule of Proposed Additional Modifications to the Core Strategy. These modifications do not relate to the soundness of the plan, and only include factual updates, corrections and editorial/stylistic changes and minor clarifications. The Additional Modifications are not part of the formal consultation and they are not being put before the Inspector. However, the Council is inviting comments on them. Any such comments received will be considered by the Council, but they will not be forwarded to the Inspector; he will only consider representations on modifications relating to the soundness of the plan.
Representations on the Proposed Main Modifications should be made on the form provided. Representations on the Main Modifications and the SEA/SA report update may be made in writing or by electronic communications and should be sent to the County Council by one of the following two ways:
a) Send a representation by email to: email@example.com
b) Send a representation by post to:
Minerals & Waste Core Strategy Consultation, Planning Regulation – Minerals and Waste Policy Team
Communities, Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND.
Representations must be received by 5.00pm on 20 March 2017. Representations received after this date cannot be accepted.
Any comments on the Proposed Additional Modifications may also be made by email or post, as above, and should be sent to the Council by the same deadline.
If you would like more information about the Core Strategy or this process, please contact the Minerals and Waste Policy Team on the contact details below.
Minerals and Waste Policy Team Leader
Direct line: 07827 947324 or 07392 318899
Cherwell District Council’s Consultation Portal can be accessed here.
Details of South Oxfordshire District Council's current consultations can be found here.
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Local Government in Oxfordshire: Consultation Tracker
Consultation tracker is a database of all County and District consultations. Using the consultation tracker you can:
- find out when the consultations are taking place
- find out who to contact to have your say
- view the archive of consultations and research reports.
The consultation database is updated regularly on the County Website (www.oxfordshire.gov.uk). If you cannot find your consultation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.