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The Branches that make up Local Council Comittees.

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David D H Andrews/Public Affairs/Council Committees/HN Unit No: D65Y 04/1 The Branches that make up Local Council Comittees. Finance- Local governments, like all levels of government, require money before they can operate. The services provided by local government cost money, so the Finance Committee is the most important of all the Council Committees. Every year, Central Government decides the size of the Revenue Support Grant: the amount of money Central Government will supply to the local council in question. Central Government can also cap any rises in Council Tax over a certain amount, which means effectively that Local Councils have a limited amount of funds to work with. Thus, it is the Finance Committees task to decide how and upon what to allocate the funds available to them per annum. Any of the service committees (the spending sections of local government) must present their case to the council if they wish to have an increase in their funding. A decision would be reached based on how effectively and efficiently that service sector had used its funding in the past, and why it requires more ...read more.

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Properties, both privately owned and owned by the Council have to be assessed. Those houses falling below the 'tolerable standard' may have to be demolished or extensively refitted. Inhabitants of condemned properties must be re-housed. The second area of responsibility is the building of property. If there is a shortage of housing in the Council's area then either the existing stock must be improved or new houses built altogether. Building new property is, needless to say, extremely expensive and often prohibited by Central Government policies including the control of capital allocation and the selling of council stock for private use at discounted prices. The improvement or maintenance of stock is made more difficult by the fact that quite often the more desirable Council properties are bought for private use and the remainder is left with the Council. Local authorities often have to make arrangements like issuing grants and loans to homeowners or handing over existing stock to housing associations, and sometimes the Council may enter into joint ventures with private builders to ensure properties are built quicker. Local Councils also have to manage their stock. ...read more.

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The committee must clearly catalogue why they have allowed or refused permission for area development so as not to make any decisions based on 'whims' or 'hunches'. Any decisions made by the planning committee may be appealed to central government. There is not any further right of appeal, other than to the courts, on a point of law and as a result there has often been a reduction in the amount of land designated to a city's "green belt" -in many of these cases unused land is designated as part of the green belt to compensate for the loss. License- Licensing committees deal with licenses for public entertainment, street trading and markets, taxis and specialist trading such as pawn broking and second-hand dealing. 'Public House and Liquor Licensing' is one of the two committees within the local council's licensing committee and is made up of councillors but is not in itself subject to the full control of the council itself. ] Leisure- the Council's leisure committee is responsible for 'recreation and leisure'. The provision of parks, golf courses, sports centres, swimming pools, libraries, art galleries, municipal theatres and statues fall under the committee's control. ENDS ...read more.

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