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LGA responds to Citizens Advice report into debt collection

"Anyone having trouble paying their council bills should get in touch with their local authority for financial help and advice as soon as possible.”

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LGA responds to Marmot Review: 10 years on report

“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."

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Rising demand heaping pressure on children's social care

Unprecedented demand and funding shortages have combined to put council children’s social care budgets under increasing pressure.

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LGA responds to Government consultation proposal to protect public spaces from terror attacks

“Councils are determined to keep their communities safe and already take advice from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure on how to best protect their public spaces."

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LGA responds to Cancer Research UK report on 2030 smokefree target

Responding to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils can help the Government to achieve its ambition of eliminating smoking in England by 2030, but need adequate long-term funding and certainty for their public health services to help do so. “Smoking rates overall continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights we need to keep reaching out to those most in

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LGA survey: more than half of public surveyed support local tourism levy

LGA-commissioned independent research found that a pound-per-night levy applied in a local area in England could raise between £238,000 and over £7 million a year depending on the area.

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Housing backlog – more than a million homes with planning permission not yet built

​​​​​​​More than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.

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LGA responds to State of Health Visiting Survey

"Working with government and the NHS, councils want to protect our world class health visiting service by attracting, training and keeping new essential workers."

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LGA responds to IPPR North devolution report

“There is clear and significant evidence that the country gets better value for money when decisions over investment and how to run local services are taken closer to communities and businesses."

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LGA responds to immigration points-based system announcement

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Government’s plan for a points-based immigration system.