Weekly media round-up – 6/12/14 – 12/12/14

This week has seen 500 LGA mentions in national, regional, trade, broadcast and online publications including 28 mentions in national newspapers, broadcast and online articles.
 

‘Spy' cars blamed for rise in parking income

Friday 12 December

The LGA's response to the RAC Foundation report about council parking income was reported in the Telegraph, Mail Online, FT Online, BBC Online and Mirror. It showed councils made £549 million in parking income surplus last year, a rise of 19 per cent. Cllr Peter Box, LGA Transport Spokesman, said the "misleading" study was "based on the deep-rooted misconception that councils make a profit from parking". He added: "Any surplus is spent on essential transport projects." The LGA statement also ran on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

The Vice Chairman of the LGA's Transport Board, Cllr Mike Jones, was also interviewed in response to the RAC report which ran across BBC News bulletins.

Telegraph p1
Mail Online
BBC Online
FT Online
Mirror p27
BBC News
BBC Breakfast
Good Morning Britain
Radio 1
Radio 2
Radio 3
Radio 4
Radio 5 Live
LGA press release


Study reveals pay plight of council workers

Friday 12 December

The Financial Times (FT) reported the LGA's lines on local government funding cuts in response to Unison-commissioned research by the New Policy Institute showing that 11 per cent of council workers in England and Wales receive tax credits – welfare payments to families with low incomes. The LGA said that local government workers would receive a 2.2 per cent pay rise in January, with those on the lowest incomes receiving a bigger increase.

FT p2


Primary school league tables: 200,000 pupils taught in struggling schools

Thursday 11 December

The Telegraph quoted the LGA's response to primary school league tables published by the Department for Education in a piece about 200,000 children being taught in underperforming primary schools.

Telegraph Online
LGA press release


Employers 'to take lead' in move to boost careers advice

Thursday 11 December

BBC Online carried the LGA's 100 Days call for powers and funding for careers advice to be returned to partnerships of councils, schools and employers. LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks, who was also a careers adviser for 30 years, was quoted in the article following the Government's launch of a new national careers advice body. Cllr Sparks said: "Another national agency, tasked with the impossible challenge of matching thousands of local schools with two million employers, is a wasted opportunity and won't resolve the widening skills gap."

BBC Online
LGA press release


Ofsted to warn on rising number of pupils taught in failing secondaries

Wednesday 10 December

The LGA's call for an independent review of Ofsted was put to Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw on Radio 4's Today programme. It followed the Guardian and FT running the LGA's response to the watchdog's annual report which criticised the performance of some secondary schools. Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "As well as asking questions of schools, Ofsted has questions to answer about whether its regime is bringing about the improvement we need to see."

Guardian Online
FT
BBC Radio 4 Today
LGA press release


Weather bomb batters UK with 80mph winds and blizzards

Wednesday 10 December

The LGA's Winter Weather survey was referenced by Mail Online as part of its rolling coverage on the bad weather hitting parts of Britain. The LGA said councils are prepared for the temperature falls, with gritters "out in force" and depots filled with around 1.3 million tonnes of salt.

Mail Online
LGA  press release


The bittersweet importance of war memorials

Wednesday 10 December

Telegraph Online included an LGA line on how councils choose to honour their war dead, as part of a feature on local campaigns to get the names of soldiers killed in battle during conflicts inscribed on war memorials.

Telegraph Online


Army of quad bikes to join council gritting teams

Tuesday 9 December

ITV Online and Mail Online reported the LGA's press release on how councils are coping with the cold weather, including quad bikes joining gritting trucks in helping to keep roads clear. The LGA's Transport Spokesman Cllr Peter Box said: "Keeping the country moving during winter will be a community effort as always with thousands of grit bins filled and volunteers recruited to help people clear pavements, paths and side streets when needed."

ITV Online
Mail Online
LGA press release


Town halls demand tough new powers to veto 'clustering' of betting shops

Tuesday 9 December

The Mail and Racing Post reported the LGA's call for councils to have greater powers to veto new betting shops and cut high stakes on addictive roulette machines. The LGA said councils are frustrated by the spread of bookmakers and called for tough new powers to tackle clustering of betting shops and reduce the risks of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. Cllr Tony Page, the LGA's Licensing Spokesman, said: "Councils are not anti-bookies but are frustrated by the limited powers available to them to act on community concerns and limit the number of shops opening in their area."

Mail p 2
Racing Post p7
LGA press release


What does a good government building look like?

Tuesday 9 December

Stephen Jacobs, Senior Programme Manager of the LGA's One Public Estate programme, was quoted in a Guardian Online Q&A session about government buildings in the light of the reduction of workspace in the public sector.

Guardian Online


Child runaways are put in peril by budget cuts, says charity report

Sunday 7 December and Monday 8 December

The LGA responded to research by charity Railway Children in the Independent on Sunday and BBC Online. It showed that two-thirds of local authorities have provided no emergency accommodation to under-16s who ran away in the past year, was reported. An LGA spokesman said: "Councils are facing real difficulties in finding emergency care for all homeless people due to a shortage of housing, welfare reforms and 40 per cent cuts to council budgets over the lifetime of this Parliament."

Independent on Sunday p6
BBC Online

LGA press release


12 December 2014