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LGA Media Releases

Councils call for oversight of academy finance

26 August 2016

Councils are calling for the power and resources to make sure money given to schools is spent on education and support for children following a series of recent abuses of the school finance system by academies and free schools.

Councils respond to latest housebuilding statistics

25 August 2016

Cllr Martin Tett, Housing spokesman at the Local Government Association, says: "If we are to stand any chance of solving our housing crisis, councils must be able to replace sold homes and reinvest in building more of affordable homes."

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Transport

Blue badge thefts up by a fifth

20 August 2016

The theft of Blue Badges has risen by a fifth in the past 12 months and has trebled in three years, councils warn today.

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Housing

Councils respond to CLG Committee report on homelessness

18 August 2016

Cllr Nick Forbes, Senior Vice Chair at the Local Government Association, responds to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on homelessness.

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Health

Councils respond to childhood obesity plan

18 August 2016

LGA's Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, says councils are doing all they can to curb obesity and will have spent more than half a billion pounds tackling the problem since they took over responsibility for public health three years ago.

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European and international

Local political leaders visit 'Calais jungle'

17 August 2016

A delegation of senior councillors from the Local Government Association (LGA) will meet with the Mayor of Calais and visit the ‘Calais Jungle' migrant camp tomorrow (18 August), to consider how local government in England and France can support each other to keep unaccompanied children and young people safe and ensure they receive the care and support they need.

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Sport

New survey shows councils have secured sporting legacy post-London 2012

15 August 2016

A lasting legacy, which is helping to transform grassroots sport, has been created by councils following the London Olympics, a new survey reveals.

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Latest news

LGA responds to Government EU funding announcement

13 August 2016

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association responds to the Government's EU funding announcement.

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Transport

Tough new powers called for by councils to tackle rush hour chaos caused by utility roadworks

13 August 2016

Tough new powers are being called for by councils to ease traffic chaos caused by some utility companies digging up roads.

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Community safety

Illegal tattooists and cheap DIY kits endangering public safety, councils warn

12 August 2016

Illegal tattooists are offering ink designs at "pocket money" prices to children and putting people at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, council leaders warn today.