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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Transport

Budget 2017: Councils respond to £690 million competition to tackle urban congestion

8 March 2017

Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Transport spokesman, responds to the announcement in today's Spring Budget of a £690 million competition to tackle urban congestion.

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Media

Budget 2017: LGA responds to 5G and broadband announcement

8 March 2017

LGA responds to the £16 million to trial new 5G technology and £200 million for local broadband projects announced in today's Spring Budget.

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Children and young people

Budget 2017: Councils respond to education funding announcement

8 March 2017

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People's Board, responded to the Government's education funding announcement in the Spring Budget 2017.

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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.