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Finance

Barnett formula – local government response

16 September 2014

Responding to Government pledges today to maintain the Barnett Formula, Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA said: "If on Friday morning the UK wakes up to a ‘no' vote, and with it the continuation of the Barnett Formula, there will be an even greater need for English devolution to cities and county areas."

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Media

LG Challenge 2015 open for applications

16 September 2014

The LG Challenge, an annual LGA-run contest which aims to identify the next generation of local government chief executives, is open for applications.

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Community safety

Government urged by councils to outlaw all ‘legal high' sales

13 September 2014

The Government must outlaw the sale of potentially lethal legal highs which are becoming endemic on the country's highs streets, councils say.

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Transport

Public want fuel duty to be spent on fixing roads

12 September 2014

An overwhelming majority of people agree that existing fuel duty should be reinvested back into local areas to help bring our crumbling roads up to scratch, a new national poll reveals.

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Health

Public health funding settlement: LGA statement

10 September 2014

Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Councillor Izzi Seccombe has commented on the public health funding settlement.

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Finance

Project team appointed to prepare Bonds Agency

9 September 2014

An interim project team of capital market professionals has been appointed to prepare the UK's first municipal bonds agency, following a successful first round of fundraising.

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Latest news

New powers promised to Scotland must be given to local areas in England and Wales – LGA

9 September 2014

LGA Chair Councillor David Sparks responds to new powers pledged to Scotland.

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Housing

Rental 'black hole' trap for almost three-quarters of would-be homeowners

5 September 2014

A major new survey reveals how almost three quarters of would-be home owners believe they are trapped in a rental "black hole".

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Health

LGA responds to the Barker Commission report

4 September 2014

Responding to the Barker Commission report proposing the reshaping of health and social care around need, a spokesman from the LGA, said: "This is a helpful and thoughtful report much of which echoes what local government has long been saying about the need for integrated health and social care and the urgent need to bring more money into the system.

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Children and young people

Parents being forced to buy school uniform unnecessarily

3 September 2014

Parents are being forced to pay out hundreds of pounds unnecessarily at the start of the new term because schools are introducing costly new school uniforms, town hall leaders have warned.