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LGA Media Releases

England football team faces wilderness years without more grassroots spending - councils

28 February 2015

England's national football team faces decades more in the international wilderness unless a bigger slice of booming TV profits is invested back in the grassroots game, councils warn.

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Community safety

LGA responds to Government decision to reject locally-set licensing fees

27 February 2015

Cllr Ann Lucas OBE, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "It is hugely disappointing for the Government to miss an opportunity to ease the burden centrally-set licensing fees are placing on council services, which are already under pressure from a 40 per cent cut to local government funding since 2010.

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Adult social care

LGA response to government announcement of devolved health budget to Greater Manchester

27 February 2015

Cllr Gary Porter, vice chairman of the LGA responds to the Government announcement that the health and social care budget for Greater Manchester is to be taken over by regional councils under devolved NHS powers.

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European and international

Government devolution U-turn over EU billions could hit jobs and growth

26 February 2015

The Mayor of London will have full control over London's share of EU billions while local leaders in other English cities and counties are left behind following a devolution U-turn by the Government, council leaders warn today.

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Adult social care

LGA response to the PAC report into planning for the Better Care Fund

26 February 2015

Read the LGA's response to the PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund.

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Community safety

Metal thefts down by a third

21 February 2015

Metal thefts have fallen by a third in the past year, as councils lead efforts to combat unscrupulous thieves targeting churches, desecrating war memorials and causing disruption by stealing electric cables and metal from railway lines.

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Localism

LGA response to 'rushed devolution' comments by CBI

19 February 2015

Responding to CBI Director General John Cridland's comments about concerns over rushed devolution, the LGA has released the following statement.

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Finance

LGA response to the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

18 February 2015

LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks responds to the independent Commission on Local Government Finance's final report ‘Financing English Devolution',

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Adult social care

Social care funding must be protected like the NHS in the next Budget

16 February 2015

Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.

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Children and young people

Councils respond to school places funding announcement

13 February 2015

Responding to today's announcement of £1.6 billion for the creation of school places needed by September 2018, a LGA spokesman said: "Mums and dads rightly expect their children to be able to get a school place and this money will provide more certainty to councils as they plan the creation of school places."