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Budget 2017: LGA responds to devolution deals

“The announcement of the first new devolution deals in 20 months is encouraging and will benefit those living in the North of Tyne region and the West Midlands, but many more such deals are needed to reverse the growing sense of stalled progress and missed opportunities across much of the country. “Councils want their residents to be able to enjoy ‘devolution delight’ rather than suffer ‘devolution deadlock’. “The longer it takes to secure new devolution deals, the longer communities will have to wait to benefit from the opportunities currently available to areas where devolution has

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LGA analysis warns of half a million job losses in urban centres due to pandemic

“Councils are at the forefront of efforts to lead the recovery from the pandemic, which includes delivering economic growth that is sustainable and benefits all. We want to work closely with the Government to help deliver on its levelling up commitment and deliver local investment across all parts of the country."

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LGA report: Attracting investment for local infrastructure: a guide for councils

“Councils have proven that they are already leaders of place. This guidance will help councils to attract investment in the right infrastructure to help their communities meet their full potential.” 

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LGA responds to a HCLG committee report on devolution

LGA responds to a HCLG committee report on devolution

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LGA responds to APPG inquiry into improving the effectiveness of devolution in England

"Councils have played a crucial role during the current crisis and have demonstrated the strength that comes from local leaders able to work with others and their communities."

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LGA responds to full-fibre broadband announcement

“It is good that the Government has pledged to invest in providing full-fibre broadband in hard-to-reach areas. Councils have long-called for funding and support to bridge the digital connectivity gap so that rural communities are not left behind."

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LGA responds to Government's annual devolution report

"It is disappointing that this report, which has taken the Government 10 months to publish, confirms that there were no new devolution deals in 2016/17"

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LGA responds to House of Lords Public Services Committee report on Levelling Up

Responding to a report from the House of Lords Public Services Committee on the Government’s ambition to level up the country, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “The pandemic has shown that, with the right funding and freedoms, councils can improve people’s lives. It is therefore important that this report recognises that the recovery from COVID-19 needs to include greater powers being given to local councils and their communities. “Bringing greater resources and powers over key responsibilities, such as skills, transport and housing, closer to

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LGA responds to PM’s ‘levelling-up’ speech

"The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the strength of councils' local leadership and the benefits that come from national and local government working together in partnership."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister's funding for towns announcement

“We support the measures announced today to boost cities, towns and regions - this is good news for local communities and businesses seeking to improve their prospects."