Weekly media roundup 06/08/16 – 12/08/16

This week has seen 870 LGA mentions in national, regional, trade, broadcast and online publications including 34 LGA mentions in national newspapers, broadcast and online articles.

Councils want crackdown on illegal tattooists

Friday 12 August

Deputy Chairman Cllr Peter Fleming appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show and Vice Chair Cllr Marianne Overton was interviewed on LBC about the LGA's release calling for tougher sentences for illegal tattooists. Cllr Morris Bright, Deputy Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, also featured in the Mail and on BBC Online, Sky News Online and ITV News Online. The LGA said the problem was increasing because tattoo equipment was becoming more widely available and cheaper to buy. Cllr Bright said: "They can use unsterilised equipment that seriously increases the risk of spreading diseases such as hepatitis or HIV and causing permanent, ugly scarring. Unregulated tattooists are also associated with bad tattoos, which require expensive work to put right, and because they've been done illegally, you won't have normal customers' rights. We would also encourage anyone who has visited an unregistered tattooist to seek medical advice from their GP and report the parlour to their local authority."

Cllr Fleming on BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show
Cllr Overton on LBC
Mail p35
BBC Online
Sky News Online
ITV News Online
LGA media release

 

Housing: where a Government for all should start

Friday 12 August

A Guardian opinion piece on the Government's housing policy referenced the LGA's forecast of a £2 billion hole in council finances by 2020. The piece said councils are now building just one new home for every nine sold and also referenced the LGA's call for an urgent re-think on housing policy if the Right to Buy is to benefit more than this generation.

Guardian p28

 

Youth services 'heading towards collapse', says union

Friday 12 August

The LGA's response to a report by Unison into the scale of council cuts since 2012 was reported on BBC Online. Some 600 youth centres have been shut, 3,650 youth staff have lost their jobs, and 139,000 youth places have been axed, according to information gathered from 180 councils. An LGA spokesman said: "Councils have faced the largest budget cuts in the public sector since 2010, and despite doing all they can to protect the most vital services, it's impossible to protect everything." The LGA highlighted that the Government was planning to spend £1.1 billion on the National Citizen Service over the course of this Parliament. But it added: "While this is a good scheme that provides positive experiences for many children and young people, given the scale of cuts to youth service spending highlighted in this report, it is vital that money to run the NCS should not be at the expense of restoring and supporting local services for young people."

BBC Online

 

Government claims that 9 in 10 homes get super-fast broadband is 'suspicious', former Tory minister says

Friday 12 August

The Telegraph reported the LGA's warning that advertised broadband speeds are far off the true experience of customers living in remote locations, following claims by former business minister Anna Soubry that nine in 10 households have access to "super-fast" broadband are "meaningless and inaccurate."

Telegraph Online

 

Right to Buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August

Senior Vice Chair Cllr Nick Forbes discussed the LGA's latest warning around Right to Buy on BBC Radio 4's Today programme while Vice Chair Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson featured on Sky News bulletins. Vice Chair Cllr Marianne Overton was also interviewed across numerous BBC regional radio stations and the LGA's release was reported in the Guardian, Guardian Online, Sun and on Mail Online, Sky News Online and LBC Online. The LGA warned that the fall in the number of much-needed council homes would exacerbate the housing crisis and called for councils to keep 100 per cent of receipts and set discounts locally. Cllr Forbes said: "RTB will quickly become a thing of the past in England if councils continue to be prevented from building new homes. Housing reforms that reduce rents and force councils to sell homes will make building new properties and replacing those sold even more difficult. Such a loss in social housing risks pushing more people into the more expensive private rented sector, increasing homelessness and housing benefit spending."

Cllr Forbes on BBC Radio 4 Today
Cllr Vernon Jackson on Sky News
Guardian p3
Guardian Online
Sun p2
Mail Online
Sky News Online
LBC Online
LGA media release

 

Honest broadband

Thursday 11 August

The LGA's call for greater transparency from broadband providers about download speeds was referenced in a leader column in the Telegraph.

Telegraph p15
LGA media release

 

Let's build on sport success

Thursday 11 August

Culture, Tourism and Sport Board Chair Cllr Ian Stephens featured in a Mirror comment piece about the need for greater investment in grassroots sport. The piece in the paper's Pride of Sport Awards supplement praised volunteer grassroots champions who run clubs and encourage children to take part in sport and quoted Cllr Stephens, who warned of an "ever-widening chasm" between grassroots and elite football.

Mirror p4 (Pride of Sport supplement)
LGA media release

 

Broadband providers told to stop advertising misleading download speeds

Wednesday 10 August

LGA Deputy Chairman Cllr Peter Fleming appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the LGA's release calling for advertised broadband speeds to be more transparent in reflecting the average rather than the maximum speed which customers can receive. The LGA's call was also discussed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme by BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones as well as being reported in the Telegraph, Mail, Sun, i paper, Mirror, Star and in a blog post on BBC Online. Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA's People and Places Board, said: "The headline ‘up to' download speed, which can be advertised legally, is misleading and does not reflect the reality of broadband service received across the country. Broadband users deserve greater honesty and openness about the download and upload speeds they are likely to receive depending on their location."

Cllr Fleming on Good Morning Britain
BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Telegraph p1
Mail p10
Mirror p22
BBC Online
Sun p14
i paper p13
Star p9
LGA media release

 

Blaze that killed mum was started by tumble dryer linked to 20 fires

Tuesday 9 August

The Mail referenced the LGA's release and figures showing a rise in the number of dangerous tumble dryers which are prone to exploding, following a fatal fire earlier this year caused by a faulty tumble dryer. The LGA said there were 2,190 incidents between 2012 and 2014, most starting when a build-up of fluff residue came into contact with the heating element. 113 models of tumble dryers are thought to be affected by the problem, leading to a nationwide safety alert being issued.

Mail p27
LGA media release

 

May's fracking payments plan met with scepticism

Tuesday 9 August

The LGA's statement in response to government plans to pass some money raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy directly to homeowners was referenced on FT Online.

FT Online

 

Children in care ‘miss out on mentors'

Monday 8 August

The LGA's statement in response to a report by Barnardo's about independent visitors for children in care was reported on BBC Online and also on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and BBC Radio 2 news bulletins. The report found that only 3 per cent of young people in care in England are receiving support from independent mentors, to which they are entitled under the Children's Act 1989 when this is in their best interests. Barnardo's called on the Government to ensure enough mentors are available and urged councils to sign up to a new set of quality standards. The LGA agreed mentors could often provide valuable extra support to children in care. Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said it was right that social workers considered each case individually, and said: "There is an urgent need for more volunteers to take on this hugely rewarding role."

BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio 2 news bulletins
BBC Online
LGA media release

 

The Housing and Planning Act is a direct attack on local government

Monday 8 August

Guardian Online reported the LGA's warnings about how cuts to social rents over the next four years will see councils losing vital money to reinvest in new and existing housing, in an article about the Housing and Planning Act.

Guardian Online
LGA media release


22 August 2016