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LGA Media Releases

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Localism

UK council leaders unite in devolution call

28 April 2015

In a joint statement issued ahead of the General Election, the local government associations of the four countries of the United Kingdom, call on politicians to grasp "the opportunity to revive our local democratic systems".

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Workforce

LGA signs up to Plotr to help promote local government careers

14 April 2015

The Local Government Association has signed up to Plotr, a Government-supported, employer-led careers website that builds bridges between the world of education and the world of work, in order to help councils recruit the best young people.

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Children and young people

Soft drinks firms must commit to sugar reduction in popular drinks to combat obesity crisis, say councils

6 April 2015


Soft drink giants must stop dragging their heels and commit to minimising sugar.

Councils warn that shoppers are unwittingly buying products laden in calories.

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Housing

Keeping pace – Replacing Right-to-buy sales

4 April 2015


The next government should adopt a more flexible approach to the Right-to-buy scheme, say councils.

Most authorities only expect to replace half or fewer of the homes they sell under the scheme.

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Children and young people

Schools facing places 'tipping point'

3 April 2015

Two in five council areas could still have more primary pupils ready to start school than places for them by September 2016, council leaders warn.

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Children and young people

Devolution the key election issue for 18 to 24-year-olds

2 April 2015


You promise to devolve powers, we promise to vote, say 18 to 24-year-olds.

A manifesto commitment to shift power from Westminster to local areas would entice 7 out of 10 young people to the ballot box on May 7, reveals today's report.

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Economy

Councils set out employment and skills devolution offer

30 March 2015

Councils are setting out how the next government should devolve at least £15 billion worth of employment and skills funding and powers to local areas.

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Adult social care

Three-quarters of MPs support the protection of adult social care funding

29 March 2015

Three-quarters of MPs agree that adult social care funding from government should be protected in a similar way to the NHS for the next five years, a poll published today shows.

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Tourism

LGA response to CMS Committee report on tourism

26 March 2015

Read Councillor Ian Stephens, Chair of the Local Government Association's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, on the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee report on tourism.

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Health

Councils respond to league table of 'unhealthiest' high streets

26 March 2015

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a Royal Society for Public Health league table of "unhealthiest" high streets.