Weekly media round-up 20/06/15 – 26/06/15

This week has seen 629 LGA mentions in national, regional, trade, broadcast and online publications including 31 LGA mentions in national newspapers, broadcast and online articles.

Councils face 3.3bn cut in funding

Friday 26 June

The LGA's warnings about how councils will cope with projected £3.3 billion funding cuts, based on information from the Office for Budget Responsibility, was reported extensively. Chair of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board Chair Cllr Peter Fleming was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC and this also received coverage on BBC News, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4's Today news bulletins. The Mirror, Times, Independent Online and ITV Online also covered the story. LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks said: "By the end of the decade councils will face a £9.5 billion funding gap. There are no efficiencies left to be made for many councils while many now warn efficiencies alone will not be enough to cope with further funding cuts. Vital services, such as caring for the elderly, protecting children, collecting bins and filling potholes, will struggle to continue at current levels."

BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Cllr Peter Fleming

BBC Radio 5 Live news bulletin –Cllr Fleming clip

LBC – interview with Cllr Peter Fleming

LBC news bulletin

BBC News

Good Morning Britain

BBC Radio 3 news bulletin

BBC Radio 4 Today news bulletin

Times p14

Independent Online

ITV Online

Mirror p4

LGA media release


Working parents struggling to find childcare due to insufficient places

Friday 26 June

The LGA's response to figures showing working parents are struggling to find childcare because there are insufficient places in nearly six out of 10 local authority areas featured on Independent Online. Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "Across the country, councils are working with local, private, charitable and voluntary organisations to ensure there are as many high quality and affordable nursery places as possible, but with funding wrapped up in the red tape of the wider schools budget, the current system is stifling councils' ability to deliver the level of childcare that we all know we need."

Independent Online


UK 'not on track to end child poverty by 2020' as figures remain unchanged

Thursday 25 June

The LGA's Cllr Simmonds featured on Guardian Online in response to new figures showing the number of children living in poverty. The Department for Work and Pensions survey showed that the percentage of children in relative and absolute poverty was unchanged, although there was a statistically insignificant fall of 100,000 for both measures. Cllr Simmonds said: "There are parts of the UK where there is much more to be done to raise children out of poverty and councils are playing an extremely active role because their detailed knowledge of their local community means they are best placed to lead the way." 

Guardian Online


LGA calls for common sense approach to term-time holidays

Wednesday 24 June

The LGA's Children and Young People Board Chair Cllr David Simmonds was interviewed live on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show and BBC Radio 5 Live's Breakfast show about fines for parents who take their children out of school during term time, reiterating the LGA's calls for a common sense approach to term time holidays. A clip of Cllr Simmonds' interview also featured in a BBC Radio 5 Live news bulletin.

BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show interview with Cllr Simmonds

BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Cllr Simmonds

BBC Radio 5 Live news bulletin featuring clip of Cllr Simmonds

LGA media release


Schools paying up to £50k to find good headteachers

Tuesday 23 June

Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board Cllr David Simmonds featured in the Guardian calling for action about how many schools are having to pay out up to £50,000 to education recruitment companies to headhunt good headteachers. Cllr Simmonds said: "We're hearing about a growing number of schools having to advertise leadership positions two or three times to secure a single appointable candidate." The LGA is planning to investigate this problem and has called for action to avert the crisis. 

Guardian p34


Want to try laughing gas? It's all fun and games until you die

Monday 22 June

The LGA's media release on the dangers of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, was referenced on Star Online.

Star Online

LGA media release


Oversize lorries causing "bedlam" on rural roads

Saturday 20 June

The LGA's warning that lorries are bringing "bedlam" to villages because of a rise in the number of lorries attempting to use narrow country lanes was widely reported, with Transport spokesman Cllr Mike Jones interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and BBC Radio 5 Live. This was also covered on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5 Live and LBC news bulletins and in the Mail, BBC Online, Times and Telegraph. The LGA's Cllr Peter Box said: "There has been a spate of accidents involving lorry drivers driving irresponsibly and bringing bedlam to small rural communities – and action must be taken immediately to curb this."

BBC Radio 4's Today programme interview with Cllr Mike Jones

BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Cllr Jones

BBC Breakfast

BBC Radio 2 news bulletin

BBC Radio 3 news bulletin

BBC Radio 4 news bulletin

BBC Radio 5 Live news bulletin

LBC news bulletin

Mail p26

BBC Online

Times p15

Telegraph p18

LGA media release


26 June 2015