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Councils forced to divert money to pay for free school meals, new research shows

18 August 2014

Councils and schools have been forced to divert money from other budgets to ensure the Government's promise of a free school meal for all pupils aged seven and under can be delivered when the new school year begins next month.

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Councils quizzed on dragon attacks, asteroid crashes and possessed pets in wacky FOI requests

16 August 2014

Emergency plans to cope with a dragon attack or meteor shower, pet exorcisms and frozen animals are just some of the more bizarre topics councils have been quizzed on by residents.

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Children's mental health services 'in need of reform'

12 August 2014

Children's mental health services urgently need a complete overhaul if young people are to receive better support and care, council leaders warn.

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Surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

12 August 2014

Councillor Jonathan McShane has responded to the latest Health and Information Centre statistics which have revealed a marked increase in diabetes prescriptions.

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Finance

Councils warn over 'no win no-fee' compensation claims

11 August 2014

Government is being urged to clamp down on opportunistic 'no-win no-fee' compensation claims which are draining taxpayers' money from schools and important local services, council leaders say.

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Community safety

‘Laughing gas' – national public health warning issued as councils launch crackdown on potentially lethal drug

9 August 2014

A national public health warning is being issued by councils about ‘laughing gas' as they launch a crackdown on this potentially lethal drug.

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Councils warn lack of funding could jeopardise Care Act

7 August 2014

Nine out of 10 councils are warning that a lack of adequate government funding could jeopardise vital reforms of the adult social care system.

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Economy

Successful estate programme expands

6 August 2014

Twenty councils have been selected to take part in the second phase of a programme to release excess government land and property by encouraging greater collaboration between local and central government.

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Finance

LGA response to report on senior salaries

5 August 2014

An LGA spokesman has responded to the TaxPayers' Alliance survey of senior salaries.

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Environment

Households save £230 each by switching utility suppliers through community auctions

5 August 2014

An average of £232 has been saved from the household energy bills of people who took part in the most recent council-led collective switching auction for cheaper gas and electricity.