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Delivering Local Authority Regulatory Services over Winter 2021 – MHCLG Published Date: 12/02/2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has written to council chief executives to “coordinate central government’s asks of local authority regulatory services.”

In the letter, Julia Sweeney, MHCLG’s Director Local Government and Communities, said:

“To help manage the increased responsibilities falling on regulatory services, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has convened a cross-government Regulatory Services Task and Finish Group, including senior representatives from councils and the Local Government Association (LGA). The group is working to coordinate central government’s asks of local authority regulatory services and consider how we support the sustainability of these essential services in the context of immediate pressures and in the longer term.”

The letter includes a table of existing regulatory services activities, “categorised to help support local authority decision-making” including reference to licensing of taxis/PH, Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005.