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LGA responds to King’s Fund report on HIV

Vice Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Linda Thomas, responds to a report by the King’s Fund on the future of HIV services.

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Councils respond to number of children securing first choice primary school places

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, commented on the number of children who secured their first choice primary school place.

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Chewing gum: councils highlight clear-up costs

Chewing gum manufacturers must help more with the growing multi-million pound cost to local communities of removing discarded gum, with 99 per cent of the nation’s main shopping streets now spattered, council leaders say today.

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LGA responds to education announcement on selective schools

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, says as champions of local families and children, councils should have a say on the type of school introduced to their area.

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LGA responds to latest delayed discharges figures

Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, says councils are committed to reducing the level of delayed transfers of care from the NHS.

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LGA responds to TPA report on senior council staff pay

Claire Kober, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, says the pay of senior council staff is set by politically proportionate committees of elected councillors and is open to a high level of scrutiny.

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LGA responds to Independent Age report on care homes

Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Linda Thomas, says the regional variations in care home performance highlighted by Independent Age’s report are a concern and something councils take very seriously.

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LGA responds to the Government's new litter strategy  

LGA Lord Porter says road litter is a big problem for councils at a time when they are experiencing significant budget pressures.

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End housing scam and jail more rogue landlords, urge councils

A housing benefit scam forcing people to live in poor and dangerous accommodation needs shutting down and more rogue landlords should be jailed, councils urge.

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LGA responds to Supreme Court ruling on term-time holidays

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on term-time holidays.