The LGA's media office provides the national voice of local government in England and Wales on the major news issues of the day for national, regional and local press.

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Finance

Budget 2017: Councils respond to business rates announcement

8 March 2017

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the LGA's Resources Board, responds to the announcement in the Spring Budget that councils will receive £300 million to provide discretionary business rates relief.

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Adult social care

Budget 2017: LGA responds to social care funding

8 March 2017

Lord Porter, Chairman of the LGA, responds to the Chancellor's Budget announcement that councils will receive £2 billion extra funding for social care over the next three years.

LGA responds to Children and Social Work Bill amendment

7 March 2017

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group, says councils have long urged government to put in place long-term funding arrangements to ensure that children starting a new life in the UK are properly supported.

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Adult social care

Majority of MPs say more money should go to councils' social care budgets

7 March 2017

More than three quarters of MPs (78 per cent) say that additional funding should go to councils' social care budgets, according to new polling by the Local Government Association.

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Community safety

Fire service ditching outdated image in major diversity drive

7 March 2017

The fire and rescue service is shaking off its outdated image in a major drive to change the public's perception of firefighters, a new report outlines today.

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Housing

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

6 March 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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Community safety

Drink drive limit should be lowered, urge councils and fire authorities

4 March 2017

The legal drink drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to help cut alcohol-related accidents, which new provisional figures show have risen, councils and fire and rescue authorities urged today.

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Adult social care

LGA responds to CLG committee report on social care

4 March 2017

Cllr Izzi Seccombe responds to a report by CLG Committee that government must commit to closing the social care funding gap in the Budget and a long-term review.

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Children and young people

Councils respond to £215m funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities

4 March 2017

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Department for Education (DfE) announcement that councils will receive £215 million additional funding to provide support to thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Health

LGA responds to Care and Support Alliance polling on social care

3 March 2017

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to polling by the Care and Support Alliance which has found that a lack of social care is piling pressure on GP surgeries and A&Es.