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Transport

LGA responds to new Local Government Ombudsman report on parking fines

6 February 2017

LGA Transport spokesman Cllr Martin Tett responds to a new Local Government Ombudsman report on parking fines.

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Children and young people

Councils must be able to force academies to take in ‘hard to place' children

3 February 2017

Councils must be given the power to direct academy schools to take in ‘hard to place' students, including those excluded from other schools, if those places available are best for the children, council leaders stressed today.

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Community safety

LGA responds to APPG review of maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals

31 January 2017

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to an All Party Parliamentary Group review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which recommends maximum stakes are reduced from £100 to £2.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to Fostering Network report

31 January 2017

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People's Board, responds to the Fostering Network ‘State of the Nation's Foster Care 2016' report.

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Community safety

LGA launches equality and diversity memorandum of understanding for the fire service

30 January 2017

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee responds to the launch of the equality and diversity memorandum of understanding for the fire service.

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Latest news

LGA responds to Asylum Accommodation report

31 January 2017

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group, responds to the Home Affairs Committee report into asylum accommodation.

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Health

Care Act faces failure - warn councils

31 January 2017

A landmark piece of legislation that sets out how elderly and vulnerable people receive care and support will fail unless the Government announces new money for social care, warn councils.

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Health

LGA responds to research from ASH on cost of smoking to social care

30 January 2017

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to research from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) of the cost smoking is adding to the social care funding crisis.

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Transport

Lorry drivers must use commercial satnavs, say councils, after new catalogue of chaos

28 January 2017

All lorry drivers who use satnavs should be compelled to use commercial models say councils – following a fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation's roads.

Government funding measures leave two thirds of councils worse off in 2017/18, LGA warns

27 January 2017

Government funding measures will force more than two thirds of councils to find millions more in savings than expected to plug funding gaps in 2017/18, the Local Government Association warns today.