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LGA Media Releases

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Finance

LGA Analysis: Council tax rises will not fix local government funding crisis

20 February 2017

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today.

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Transport

Pothole levels likely to surge warn councils because of spike in number of heavy lorries

18 February 2017

The amount of goods lorries are transporting each year has rocketed by 5 per cent to almost 1.7 billion tonnes from the previous year, new figures reveal.

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Finance

LGA statement: Business rates revaluation

17 February 2017

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the LGA's Resources Board, said: "Councils do not set business rates. The revaluation of business rates is a matter for central government and the Valuation Office Agency."

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Adult social care

LGA responds to new analysis of excess deaths

17 February 2017

Cllr Izzi Seccombe , Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to new analysis from the Royal Society of Medicine linking 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to cuts in health and social care.

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Adult social care

LGA responds to Age UK report on health and care of older people

16 February 2017

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to a new report from Age UK on the health and care of older people.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to Government £40m package to tackle child sexual abuse and child trafficking

16 February 2017

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to the Government's announcement of a £40 million package to tackle child sexual abuse and trafficking.

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Finance

LGA responds to further DCLG consultation on business rates retention

15 February 2017

Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, responds to the further consultation on business rates retention launched by DCLG today.

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Children and young people

Lack of sex education fuelling sexually transmitted infections

15 February 2017

Making sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory in secondary academies and free schools could reduce the thousands of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in young people later on in life, councils say today.

LGA responds to CLG committee report about public parks

11 February 2017

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chairman of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, says councils are doing everything they can to provide the best possible park services.

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Children and young people

Maintained schools outperforming academies – Time for councils to support failing academies

10 February 2017

Councils are today calling for high performing maintained schools to be able to sponsor struggling schools without having to seek academy status first.