28 January 2015
Councils respond to the House-Elphicke report released today, which reviews the role of local authorities in housing supply. Read why councils are calling for the government to make housing a priority.
29 January 2015
The removal of government funding for local welfare ‘safety net' schemes in April would be an expensive mistake which could put thousands at greater risk of losing their homes and cost the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds, councils are warning.
28 January 2015
The escalating cost of caring for the elderly means councils will have to divert £1.1 billion from services like fixing potholes and running libraries and museums from April, new analysis shows.
27 January 2015
Following to the Education Committee's report, ‘Academies and Free Schools' councils respond: "Elected local councils are the best place to provide robust accountability for all types of schools, rather than Whitehall."
20 January 2015
Council leaders and chief executives are being asked to give their views on sector-led improvement in an LGA consultation on the approach.
27 January 2015
Councils work around-the-clock with emergency services, government agencies and the voluntary and community sector to cope with extreme weather.
14 January 2015
Many councils make use of open data in meaningful and innovative ways. The LGA has collated some good practice case studies to support councils to realise the potential in sector-led improvement through the use of open data.
In May 2015 the country will have a new government which will determine the future of our nation. Here we set out our campaign priorities for what the new government must do to secure a bright future for the nation.
- Children and young people
- Community safety
- Culture, tourism and sport
- Economy and transport
- Environment, planning and housing
- European and International
- Finance and localism
- Health, Adult social care and ageing
Protecting children is one of the most important things councils do. This resource brings together, in one place, resources to help councils raise awareness of this issue within their own organisation, with their local partners and their communities.
The £12 billion cost of creating places for the 900,000 extra pupils expected at England's schools over the next decade could push schools to breaking point, council leaders are warning.
The Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling have announced an extra £7 million funding to help victims of sexual violence. The funding will run to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
The loopholes which exempt some schools from having to serve up healthy and nutritious food must be closed, say council leaders.
A new national careers advice company has just been announced by the Government. David Sparks, Chair of the Local Government Association and a careers advisor for 30 years, responds.
NHS England has published initial contracting guidance for 2015/16 contracts for public health services for 0 to five-year-olds as part of the ongoing work to transfer responsibilities to local government next year.
LGA Chairman Cllr David Sparks launched 'Youth Transitions, helping every young person reach their full potential' at this year's NCAS Conference.
Female Genital mutilation is a serious form of child abuse and violence against women and girls. Councils have a key statutory role to play in safeguarding children and protecting the health and wellbeing of all women and girls.
The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them.
The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
Our key priorities are:
- Funding for local government
- Economic growth, jobs and housing
- Public service reform
About the LGA – for more details on our organisation.