Bank Holiday Monday 29th May
Langham Church Bring and Buy 10am-12noon
This will be held in the churchyard or inside the church if the weather
is inclement. There will be the usual coffee morning stalls and
refreshments. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books,
gifts, bric-a-brac or a raffle prize, all will be gratefully received.
Admission Free. Off road parking. Proceeds are for Langham Church General
Fund. We look forward to seeing you.
Ann Sherriff 01328 830605
TEN POINT PLAN TO BOOST LOCAL SERVICES – LOCAL GOVERNMENT SETS OUT KEY
Local government leaders are calling on all political parties to commit
to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school
places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.
The Local Government Association has written to all political party
leaders with a list of key pledges they want to see in their manifestos
ahead of the General Election on June 8. These are essential to help
councils better support their communities and deliver on the challenges
facing the nation.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales,
wants each of the party’s manifestos to commit to:
1. Ensuring councils have the funding they need to provide the vital
services that communities rely on, such as collecting bins, filling
potholes, maintaining our parks and green spaces, caring for the elderly and
protecting children. Local government currently faces an estimated overall
funding gap of £5.8 billion by 2019/20.
2. Continuing with reforms to allow local government to keep more of its
business rates income, which balances rewarding councils for growing their
local economies but avoids areas less able to generate business rates income
suffering as a result.
3. Agreeing new devolution deals across all parts of England and the UK,
including in rural and non-metropolitan areas. Taking decisions over how to
run local services closer to where people live is key to improving them and
4. Handing local government a central role in deciding whether to keep,
amend or scrap EU laws once they are converted into domestic law. Brexit
should not simply mean a transfer of powers from Brussels to Westminster,
Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff Bay.
5. Closing the £2.3 billion funding gap facing social care services by 2020.
Carrying out a formal review, of which local government leaders play a
fundamental part, to help secure a long-term sustainable solution to protect
vital support services that care for elderly and disabled people.
6. Councils want to resume their historic role as a major builder of
affordable homes. They need to be able to borrow to invest in housing and to
keep 100 per cent of the receipts from any homes they sell to replace them
and reinvest in building new homes and infrastructure.
7. Giving councils the resources they need to keep children and young people
safe in the future. Children’s services in England will be facing a £2
billion funding gap by 2020.
8. Ensuring councils have a role in determining where new schools are
created and a say on the type of school introduced to their area. Councils
want to ensure every child has a school place available to them. With 91 per
cent of maintained schools rated as either outstanding or good by Ofsted,
councils must be seen as education improvement partners.
9. Working with local government to develop a fully-funded and
locally-driven successor scheme for EU funding which gives local areas full
control over spending. Local areas in England have been allocated £5.3
billion in EU regeneration funding by 2020 to create jobs, support small and
medium-sized enterprises, deliver skills, and boost local growth across the
10. Devolving funding and responsibility for the £10.5 billion a year
national employment and skills system to local areas. This would allow
councils to build on their track record of helping more people into work and
plugging growing funding gaps.
LGA Chairman Lord Porter said:
“Councils have a key role to play in helping to generate economic growth,
build homes, strengthen communities, and protect vulnerable people in all
parts of the country. It is vital for the next government to recognise the
need to empower councils to deliver for their residents and the country.
“The need for financial sustainability for local government is urgent.
Councils need fairer funding to continue to provide the full range of
services that support their local communities, alongside a fairer funding
system for all schools.
“To build new homes, create jobs, provide the dignified care for our elderly
and boost economic growth, all councils also need greater freedom from
central government to take decisions over vital services in their area.
“Local government’s offer to all political parties is clear – commit to
these key policy pledges and we will deliver.”