Archives for October 27th, 1998

GIVE US THE POWER TO MAKE SPACE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 October, 1998

Local councils are calling for more power to help them eliver the Government’s target of 4.4 million new houses by 2011.A report by the Local Government Association calls for a package of financial and planning measures from central government to help councils provide quality housing for all in the future, and stresses in particular the need for a far more flexible approach over building on green or brownfield sites.The ‘Accommodating the Future’ report also says decisions over where to build are best made at the local level and councils should use consumer surveys and capacity studies to inform their local plans.

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BIG SPEND VARIATIONS IN SOCIAL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 October, 1998

New information from the Department of Health has highlighted big differences in spending on social service provision, from one council to another.They also show that children in social service care will experience a different form of care, depending on where they live, with only 47 per cent receiving foster care in some towns and cities, and up to 86 per cent being fostered in others.

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