“With greater planning powers and resources to hold developers to account in the Budget, councils can ensure the right homes are built in the right places with the required infrastructure needed by different groups within local communities."
Tenants have received discounts of nearly £5 billion to help purchase their council home under the Right to Buy (RTB) scheme since the size of the discount was increased in April 2012, new analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.
"This report reinforces our call for long-term investment in councils’ public health and early intervention services if we are to protect children’s health, and reaffirms the widening health inequalities we are seeing across the country."
Responding to the latest ONS figures published today on teenage pregnancies in England and Wales for 2018, which shows that the conception rate for women under 18 has decreased for the eleventh year in a row, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“The halving of teenage pregnancy rates over the last two decades is a tribute to the hard work of councils and their partners, in helping to improve the health, wellbeing and life chances of young people.
“We need to build upon these achievements and tackle health inequalities in
“The funding announced last week to tackle rough sleeping will help councils’ efforts to get people off the streets and into safe accommodation, and reduce hospital admissions related to homelessness."
"Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously and it is good to see the legal definition of it widened to support more prosecution cases and help more victims of this despicable crime."
"Protecting and supporting communities, including our most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. They are working closely alongside Public Health England, the NHS and others to assess risk, provide advice to communities and try to prevent this virus spreading further."
"Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important and stressful things a parent will do. Everyone wants their child in a school where they can be happy, safe and reach their full potential."
More than 33,000 mattresses - the equivalent height of almost 20 Empire State buildings if stacked on top of each other - were illegally dumped across England between 2018 and 2019, the Local Government Association reveals today.
In order to boost support for disadvantaged adults, the LGA is urging the Government to at least double the Adult Education Budget – some of which funds local authority adult and community education provision – from £1.5 billion to £3 billion.