22 April 2015
With just days to go until the elections, all the parties have now published their manifestos.
We set out, in simple terms, what they say per policy area.
22 April 2015
What should the first 100 days of a new government look like?
We have set out a vision and action plan for whoever forms the next government.
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4 April 2015
The next government should adopt a more flexible approach to the Right-to-buy scheme, say councils.
Most authorities only expect to replace half or fewer of the homes they sell under the scheme.
6 April 2015
Soft drink giants must stop dragging their heels and commit to minimising sugar.
Councils warn that shoppers are unwittingly buying products laden in calories.
2 April 2015
You promise to devolve powers, we promise to vote, say 18 to 24-year-olds.
A manifesto commitment to shift power from Westminster to local areas would entice 7 out of 10 young people to the ballot box this May, reveals a national poll.
- Children and young people
- Community safety
- Culture, tourism and sport
- Economy and transport
- Environment, planning and housing
- European and International
- Finance and localism
- Health, Adult social care and ageing
Two in five council areas could still have more primary pupils ready to start school than places for them by September 2016, council leaders warn.
Predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex could be stopped immediately if a new type of banning order was introduced by the new government, local government leaders say.
Too many youngsters are being failed by a national ‘bums on seats' approach to post-16 education, warns the LGA.
More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils warn today.
The true quality of activity to tackle child abuse and neglect across the country could be being obscured because of Ofsted's blinkered approach to inspecting children's services, local government leaders are warning today.
Protecting children is one of the most important things councils do. This resource brings together, in one place, resources to help councils raise awareness of this issue within their own organisation, with their local partners and their communities.
The £12 billion cost of creating places for the 900,000 extra pupils expected at England's schools over the next decade could push schools to breaking point, council leaders are warning.
The Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling have announced an extra £7 million funding to help victims of sexual violence. The funding will run to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
Female Genital mutilation is a serious form of child abuse and violence against women and girls. Councils have a key statutory role to play in safeguarding children and protecting the health and wellbeing of all women and girls.
The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them.
The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
Our key priorities are:
- Funding for local government
- Economic growth, jobs and housing
- Public service reform
About the LGA – for more details on our organisation.