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Children and young people

Children with special needs at risk of being turned away by schools – warn councils

30 March 2017

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at risk of being turned away by mainstream schools due to a lack of funding and rising demand, councils warn today.

LGA responds to BMJ report about public health budgets

29 March 2017

"Interventions to tackle teenage pregnancy, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse cannot be seen as an added extra for health budgets."

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Finance

LGA responds to NAO report on business rates

29 March 2017

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, responds to the National Audit Office report on 100 per cent retention of business rates.

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Transport

LGA responds to Alarm roads survey 2017

28 March 2017

Cllr Judith Blake, Transport spokesperson at the LGA, responds to the Asphalt Industry Alliance's annual ALARM survey.

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Health

LGA responds to Health Committee report on childhood obesity

27 March 2017

Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Health Committee's report on childhood obesity.

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Community safety

LGA responds to food hygiene standards survey by Which?

25 March 2017

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report by Which? on food hygiene standards across the country based on data submitted by councils

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Transport

Pavement parking: councils call for ban in London to be rolled out across the country

25 March 2017

Laws allowing local authorities to ban pavement parking in London should be rolled out across the country to crack down on inconsiderate motorists endangering lives, councils say.

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Community safety

Public needs greater awareness of modern slavery, say councils and fire and rescue authorities

24 March 2017

People need to be more aware of modern slavery to help tackle criminal gangs exploiting vulnerable workers living in squalor and on scandalous wages, as latest figures show council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent, the Local Government Association warns today.

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Adult social care

Councils need "full flexibility" over new £2 billion social care funding

23 March 2017

Council leaders are calling for "full flexibility" in how they use the £2 billion in new social care funding announced in the Budget, ahead of guidance due to be published by government on how it should be spent.

London councils to work with design experts to tackle tough social issues

22 March 2017

Homelessness, homecare and help for looked after children are just a few of the challenges London councils will be addressing over the coming months when the Design in the Public Sector programme launches in the capital.