In this Issue

Girls in Gangs
Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools......

Consultation - Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
The government is seeking views from of stakeholders as it begins to consider how more frequent revaluations could be delivered and as it develops options for change....

Mid Devon’s Land Charges service wins national award
Mid Devon District Council Customer satisfaction award for local authority searches...

Councillors Guide 2016
LGA publishes the Councillor Guide 2016 .....

Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character
£6 million funds available for character grants to schools and local authorities promoting traits such as resilience and respect in children through activities...

Consultation Launched into Distribution of National Lottery Money
Views sought on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds ......


Councils urge public to report suspicions of modern slavery

Release Date: Mar 29, 2017

The public needs to be more aware of modern slavery, council chiefs warn as figures reveal the ‘hidden crime’ soaring.

New figures have revealed the number of referrals of potential slavery victims made by councils to the National Referral Mechanism - the UK’s framework for referring and supporting victims - has soared from 172 in 2014 to 306 in 2015 – a rise of 78%.
The Government estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK. This includes forced labour, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation.
The LGA, in partnership with the fire and rescue services, said the public should look out for tell-tale signs, such as large numbers of people being ferried to and from properties in vans or minibuses early in the morning and returning late at night.