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Councils respond to publication of Industrial Strategy

23 January 2017

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, says councils need greater freedom and funding from central government to build more homes, secure the infrastructure essential to economic growth, improve our roads, equip people with the skills they need to succeed and increase access to fast and reliable digital connectivity for all.

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Community safety

Rogue tyre sellers putting lives at risk, warn councils

21 January 2017

Motorists trying to save money could be dicing with death by buying dangerous second-hand tyres, with as many as 83 per cent of used tyres in some areas being sold illegally, warn councils.

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Economy

Rethink job centres to help more unemployed people

20 January 2017

With half of unemployed people receiving no support to help them back into work and the other half staying on benefits for longer, now is the time to devolve funding to councils and not Jobcentre Plus (JCP), town hall leaders said today.

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Housing

Homelessness Reduction Bill: LGA responds to funding announcement

17 January 2017

Lord Porter, Chairman of the LGA. responds to government funding announced today for councils to meet the costs associated with the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

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Environment

Flooding: Councils playing pivotal role in supporting communities

13 January 2017

Councils are playing a pivotal role in supporting communities – as widespread flooding is expected to hit the nation this weekend.

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Finance

LGA responds to publication of draft Local Government Finance Bill

13 January 2017

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board responds to the publication of the Draft Local Government Finance Bill.

LGA responds to PAC report on Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme

13 January 2017

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Asylum, Migration and Refugee Task Group, responds to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report into the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme.

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Transport

Councils respond to £1.2 billion local roads funding allocations for 2017/18

13 January 2017

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman at the LGA, responds to the announcement on how £1.2 billion in roads funding to councils will be allocated in 2017/18.

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Health

LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

12 January 2017

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to today's monthly delayed transfers of care figures.

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Health

More than 160 operations a day to remove rotting teeth in children

11 January 2017

New figures show there were more than 40,000 hospital operations to remove rotting teeth in children and teenagers last year – the equivalent of more than 160 a day – with council leaders calling for radical action on sugar.