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Community safety

Community leaders must face prosecution for encouraging FGM

22 July 2014

Encouraging or promoting the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by community or faith leaders should be made illegal under government plans to toughen up the law, councils urge today.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to Education Committee report on post-16 care

17 July 2014

Read the comments of Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board as he responds to the release of the Education Committee Report 'Into independence, not out of care, 16-plus care options'.

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Health

Health precautions urged by councils to combat heatwave

16 July 2014

Health precautions should be taken to combat a heatwave which is set to grip the country, say councils.

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Improvement

Councils respond to local government ombudsman's annual complaints report

15 July 2014

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chair of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board, responds to the Local Government Ombudsman's annual review of council complaints.

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Health

Call by councils for 'obesity action fund' to be created from slice of tax on fast food, soft drinks and confectionery

12 July 2014

An obesity action fund should be created by taking a slice of existing tax on fast food, soft drinks and confectionery to help transform the lives of the three and half million overweight or obese children in this country.

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Workforce

Councils keeping essential services running through the strike

10 July 2014

Local authorities are working to keep disruption to a minimum during today's public sector strikes and say the impact on essential council-run services has been relatively small.

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Media

Local Government Challenge winner annnounced

10 July 2014

Graeme Kane has been crowned winner of the Local Government Challenge 2014. Graeme is pictured receiving his award from Hilary Benn MP at this year's LGA annual conference in Bournemouth.

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Localism

LGA responds to Labour devolution report

9 July 2014

Responding to the publication of a report by Labour's Local Government Innovation Taskforce – 'People-powered public services' – a spokesman for the LGA said: "The Innovation Taskforce recommends further transfer of powers to local government.

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Children and young people

All-school education trusts would end parent confusion and drive improvement

9 July 2014

The confusing structures of school accountability should be radically streamlined and bureaucracy stripped away to give parents an easily-identifiable local body responsible for holding their children's school to account, councils have said today.

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Economy

New powers called for by councils to help future millions trapped in unemployment 'twilight zone'

8 July 2014

Radical new powers must be given to councils to help transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment 'twilight zone', the new leader of local government in England and Wales will say today (July 8).