firstonline is the online version of the LGA's membership magazine first. It carries some stories up to two days before they are published in the magazine, and has a new blogs section featuring opinion and comment from across local government. Other improvements are planned to firstonline, so watch this space – and let us know what content you would find useful by emailing first@local.gov.uk


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Children and young people  

Councils fill £1bn gap in school meals and places

11 September 2014
Councils have been plugging a national black hole of at least £1 billion in funding to ensure there is a school place for every child, LGA research has revealed.

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Environment  

Euro funds create energy

11 September 2014
As the transition to sustainable energy gathers momentum, UK local authorities are forming innovative partnerships to provide secure and affordable energy for citizens, business and the public sector.

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Localism  

Time for making more concrete localist policies

11 September 2014
This year's Labour Party Conference presents the shadow cabinet with an opportunity to set out a radical devolution agenda for the 2015 manifesto