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LGA Media Releases

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Localism

Gordon Brown confirms he will give evidence at the Devolution All-Party Parliamentary group next week

2 September 2015

Former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, has agreed to give evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK next week.

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Economy

£10 billion extra cost pressures on local services by 2020, councils warn ahead of spending review

1 September 2015

Councils will face almost £10 billion of cost pressures by 2020, comprehensive new Local Government Association analysis ahead of the Spending Review reveals today.

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Media

Councils reveal most bizarre call centre queries

31 August 2015

A few examples of unusual enquiries received by council customer call centres in the last year...

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Children and young people

Parents must be warned of free school opening delays before national offer day, say councils

28 August 2015

Any decision to postpone the opening of a new free school must be made before national offer day to ensure families aren't left disappointed and so valuable school places are freed up for other children, council leaders say.

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Latest news

LGA Chairman named as life peer

27 August 2015

Cllr Gary Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, says the recognition is a testament to the hard work of colleagues in local government who dedicate their lives to making communities better places to live.

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Finance

Money Advice Trust report on council use of bailiffs

27 August 2015

Responding to the Money Advice Trust's report on council use of bailiffs, Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, says reduced government funding for council tax support has left councils needing to find £1 billion by 2016 to protect discounts for those on low incomes.

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Community safety

Firefighters tackle dementia, cot deaths and childhood obesity as local authorities embrace public health responsibilities

26 August 2015

Firefighters across England are now supporting vulnerable people with issues relating to dementia, mental health, domestic abuse, social isolation, childhood obesity and youth unemployment.

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Transport

Blue badge thefts more than double

22 August 2015

The theft of Blue Badges has more than doubled in the past 12 months, councils reveal today.

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Transport

LGA says foreign drivers should be made to pay parking fines

21 August 2015

Read Cllr Peter Box Chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, on the issue of unpaid parking fines incurred by foreign drivers.

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Latest news

LGA responds to plans to enrol junior school children in their local library

19 August 2015

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chairman of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to the announcement today by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, about plans to enrol every eight-year-old child in their local library.