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LGA Media Releases

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Environment

Councils reveal fly-tippers' worst excuses as clear-up costs rise

30 July 2016

A ‘top 10 list' of worst excuses given by fly-tippers has been compiled by councils - who are being forced to spend nearly £50 million a year clearing it up.

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Transport

LGA responds to RAC survey on potholes

30 July 2016

Transport spokesman for the LGA, Cllr Peter Box, said: "Councils are fixing more potholes than ever before – one every 15 seconds – and keeping roads safe is one of the most important jobs they do. However, local authorities are hamstrung by a huge disparity in funding.".

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European and international

Growing risk to EU funding billions and Brexit uncertainty, councils warn

29 July 2016

The majority of vital EU regeneration funding remains tied up in thousands of growth-boosting proposals yet to receive government approval sparking fears English communities may never receive it and vital projects will be lost.

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Housing

Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing, new research published by the Local Government Association warns.

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Latest news

Councils urge Government to re-affirm its Broadband commitment

27 July 2016

The Government needs to re-affirm its commitment to a national minimum broadband speed across the country to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses falling into a "digital twilight zone", councils say today.

Extra powers and lower machine stakes are needed to tackle betting shop clustering

25 July 2016

New research reveals why extra powers are needed to tackle the saturation of bookmakers across their communities, councils say.

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Finance

Government approves Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) to become new audit body

22 July 2016

Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) has been specified by the Government to become the body which is authorised to make future audit appointments on behalf of principal local authorities.

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Health

Councils respond to report on delayed discharges

22 July 2016

The LGA's Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to the Public Accounts Committee's report on delays in discharging older patients from hospital.

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Environment

High street coffee chains must go 'further and faster' in developing recyclable cups, say councils

22 July 2016

High Street coffee chains must go "further and faster" in developing recyclable paper cups, warn councils.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to fair funding for schools announcement

21 July 2016

Cllr Richard Watts responds to the Government's announcement of fair funding for schools.