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LGA Media Releases

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Housing

Councils hold the key to solving nation's housing crisis

30 June 2015

Cllr Gary Porter will use his first keynote address as the Conservative Chairman of the Local Government Association to say councils hold the key to ending the nation's housing crisis and ensuring the Government's pledge to build 275,000 affordable homes by 2020 is met.

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Health

The heatwave arrives – Precautions called for by councils as the nation bakes

26 June 2015

As newspaper editors dust off their heatwave cliches, councils are calling for health precautions as temperatures rise.

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Finance

Councils could face £3.3 billion funding reduction in 2016/17

26 June 2015

Councils in England could face a £3.3 billion reduction in central government funding for local services in 2016/17, the LGA reveals in its latest report.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to latest child poverty statistics

25 June 2015

LGA responds to the latest figures on child poverty: "Councils are playing an extremely active role to help tackle the issue".

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Children and young people

Calls from councils for disruption orders to combat child grooming

25 June 2015

Disruption orders that allow councils to intervene when it is feared a child is being groomed must be included in the upcoming Policing and Criminal Justice Bill, council leaders urge.

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Health

Invest £5.2 billion in prevention to overhaul health and social care, Government urged

24 June 2015

A report produced by Ernst and Young for the LGA suggests a transformation fund should focus on preventative measures to stop expensive, complex and long-term health conditions from developing.

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Finance

Reform of business rates appeals needed to protect local services

23 June 2015

The business rates appeals system should be reformed to help protect vital local services supporting communities and businesses, local government leaders urge today.

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Community safety

LGA calls for updated laws to tackle 'legal highs' – some more potent than illicit drugs

23 June 2015

Read Cllr Ann Lucas, Chairman of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, on the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

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Children and young people

Councils join up to increase adoption rates – LGA

22 June 2015

Read Cllr David Simmonds CBE, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, on the Second Reading of the Education and Adoption Bill.

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Transport

Tough powers called for by councils to tackle rogue lorry drivers who 'blight' the nation's villages

20 June 2015

Tough new powers are being called for by councils to tackle lorry drivers who ignore weight restrictions, bringing bedlam to the nation's villages.