The Government has today agreed the guidance for the £3.8bn ‘Better Care Fund'. The Fund is a real opportunity to join up health and care to deliver better services for people. The LGA and NHS England have co-produced a range of materials to support local areas in completing the Plan.
18 December 2013
Read LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell's comments on the Local Government Finance Settlement.
The Local Government Association has published an on-the-day briefing in response to the announcement of the Local Government Finance Settlement on 18 December 2013.
15 December 2013
Complaints about street fundraisers, or 'chuggers', have fallen in the past 12 months following the introduction of a national voluntary agreement to improve standards.
17 December 2013
Read the comments of Councillor Mike Jones, Chair of LGA's Environment and Housing Board as he responds to the Written Ministerial Statement on fracking published today.
13 December 2013
Since our annual conference, ‘Rewiring Public Services' and its key propositions have been discussed in Parliament and the media, but we need to ensure it is debated in the most important place of all, your council. Drive this debate forward by using our key materials and let us know the details of how your council is advancing this vital proposition for local government.
12 December 2013
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Transparency Lead on the Local Government Association's Improvement and Innovation Board, responds to DCLG's revised Transparency Code.
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Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of LGA's Children and Young People Board responded to Nick Clegg's announcement on free school meals for infant aged children.
LGA response to children and families minister's announcement on financial support for children in foster care
Responding to an announcement by Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson of a £40 million fund to put support arrangements in place for a new legal duty to provide financial support for every young person who wants to stay with their foster parents until they are 21.
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Office of the Children's Commissioner's inquiry into CSE
Cllr Peter Box, Chairman of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, responds to the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement on youth employment.
Councils have called for a free hand to intervene early in struggling schools regardless of whether they are academies or authority-maintained.
The LGA, in partnership with CfPS, has published a report outlining the changing roles of council overview and scrutiny in education.
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Department for Education's figures on adoption released today.
Measures proposed in the Children and Families Bill would give the education secretary powers to remove local authorities from the process of recruiting and assessing new adoptive parents. Councils are calling on Peers to back calls to remove these measures from the Bill when it is discussed in the Lords.
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "Today's report lays down a challenge to social services, the police, schools, health professionals and the wider community to review, and where necessary improve, the way we identify and deal with the heinous crimes of neglect and abuse.
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. Raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing and stopping it early when it does happen.
The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
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- Funding for local government
- Economic growth, jobs and prosperity
- Public service reform
About the LGA – for more details on our organisation.