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ACCE Spring Seminar: MJ Feature ‘A Time for Leadership & Reflection’

Ahead of this year’s ACCE Spring Seminar, the Municipal Journal (MJ) (3rd May 2018) included a two-age feature on ‘A time for leadership and reflection’, outlining three articles by ACCE Lead Advisors:

Debbie Ward, Chair of ACCE, outlined the positive outlook for counties and the opportunities for councils in delivering placed-based public service reform, economic growth and the role of counties in housing.

Becky Shaw, Lead Advisor for Leadership, wrote on leadership in difficult times.

John Coughlan, Lead Advisor for Children & Education, wrote on why the size matters in turning around the performance of children’s services.

You can read the full feature here.

ACCE Lead Advisor: The funding system must prevent unsustainable funding and misaligned incentives

Secretary of ACCE & Lead Finance Advisor, Richard Flinto0n, writes for the Municipal Journal (MJ) on the Association’s response to the fair funding review. He outlines that ACCE made the case for a sustainable settlement for all councils, but also the need for a fairer funding settlement for counties.

You can read the full piece here.

ACCE Consultation Response – Fair Funding Review

In response to the Fair Funding Review; measuring relative needs consultation, ACCE has written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. The response endorses the technical response of the CCN and SCT, but specifically raises a number additional overarching points which we believe are crucial to delivery of the fair funding review. This includes funding shortfalls and business rates retention, while also welcoming the direction set out in the consultation and the proposals outlined.

You can read the full letter here ACCE – Response to the Fair Funding Review Consultation

Coalition of national organisations warn government that planning reforms do not go far enough

A coalition of national organisations have called on the Housing Secretary to strengthen planning reforms to ensure that local areas have the infrastructure to unlock new housing and to support sustainable development.

The Association of County Chief Executives (ACCE), County Councils Network (CCN) the Home Builders Federation (HBF), the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning, and Transport (ADEPT), have written to Sajid Javid to say that his government’s proposed Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) is a ‘real opportunity’ to ensure that infrastructure matches housing development in England’s 27 shire counties, to foster job creation and growth.

Read the full letter Joint letter on Statement of Common Ground 28.02.18.

It comes as the Prime Minister is to announce a set of new housebuilding reforms today (Monday, March 5) under the National Planning Policy Framework.

However, the coalition of organisations argue that another proposed government reform, the draft SoCG is a ‘toothless instrument’ in its current guise and must be strengthened to include a more prominent and formalised role for the county council. This could, in effect, re-write strategic planning back into the system after these type of larger-scale planning strategies were abolished under the Coalition, instead placing much looser requirements for councils to collaborate over planning and infrastructure.


Write strategic planning back into the system argues ACCE Lead Advisor

In this week Municipal Journal (MJ) ACCE Lead Advisor for Housing, Planning & Infrastructure, John Wood, writes that housing and planning is a major priority for county chief executives and argues for a stronger role for counties in strategic planning.

You can read the full piece here.

LGC Interview with ACCE Chair

The Local Government Chronicle recently interviewed the Chair of ACCE, Debbie Ward on the priorities of county chief executives over the coming period and recent national developments in local government.

The full interview can be read here

Chair writes on the challenges facing counties and the renewal of ACCE

Chair of ACCE, Debbie Ward, writes for the Municipal Journal (MJ) on the uncertainty surrounding local government policy and how over the coming year ACCE will renew its the focus as an association to influence the direction of the sector and minimise the unintended consequences of Government policy.

You can read the full piece here.

ACCE response to Government’s consultation on 100% business rates retention (23 Sept 2016)

ACCE response to consultation on “Self Sufficient Local Government: 100% Business Rate Retention” (23 Sept 2016)

ACCE response (15 Jan 2016) to “The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2016-17 and an offer to councils for future years”

Association of County Chief Executives response to provisional local government finance settlement 2016-17 (FINAL)

ACCE Spending Review Submission (4 Sept 2015)

Click here to read the Association of County Chief Executives spending review submission
(4 September 2015)