Weekly media round-up – 14/11/14 – 20/11/14

This week has seen 2,051 LGA mentions in national, regional, trade, broadcast and online publications including 36 mentions in national newspapers, broadcast and online articles.

Refuge centres ‘turning a third of people away'

Friday November 21
The LGA lines on domestic abuse services featured on BBC Breakfast this morning in a report about cuts to women's refuge shelters. Leading charities say that refuge centres are having to turn a third of people away due to lack of space and Women's Aid say many have closed due to funding cuts.

BBC Breakfast


Cable accused over ‘chaotic' regime as regions chief quits

Friday November 21
The LGA was referenced in a 'Times' report about the resignation of Alison Porter as Chief Executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership Network, amid suggestions the LEP scheme is being hampered by underfunding and a lack of Whitehall support. LEP Network Chairman Alex Pratt said the organisation is so "under-resourced" it has been unable to produce a submission for the Autumn Statement. He claims the responsibility for the key role of the organisation will probably ultimately have to pass back to Whitehall or the LGA.

Times p62


Students ‘are paying £700 for bus fares'

Thursday November 20
The 'Telegraph' and 'Metro' quoted the LGA in an article about soaring bus fares pushing students out of education, according to the Association of Colleges. Cllr Peter Box, LGA Transport Spokesman, said: "Despite not being legally required to do so, many councils have dug deep to try and fund travel costs for young people to get to college. Our efforts are being undermined by funding cuts to the statutory concessionary fares scheme for elderly and disabled residents. This means these vital post-16 transport services can sadly no longer be protected."

Metro p9,
Telegraph Online


Theatre in the UK: Love it or lose it

Wednesday 19 November
David Brownlee, Executive Director of UK Theatre, warns in a Guardian Online column about councils – who he described as "unsung heroes" of arts funding over the last few decades – having to make tough decisions about culture spending because of funding cuts. He references the LGA's future funding work.

Guardian Online


Local authority flood defence funding cut by a third next year

Wednesday 19 November
The LGA's guidance on managing flood risk was referenced in a Guardian Online report, about cuts to funding for councils to deal with flooding. This was in regards to councils' responsibilities for creating flood risk management strategies, investigating the causes of significant floods and raising local awareness.

Guardian Online
LGA guidance


Domestic violence victims housed with violent ex-offenders

Wednesday 19 November
BBC Radio 1 'Newsbeat' ran a story about emergency housing provision to vulnerable people across its bulletins and online. Both include an LGA response on why housing pressures and funding cuts are making it tougher to support those who find themselves homeless. The LGA is quoted as stating: "Councils do everything they can to protect vulnerable people from the risk of harm."

BBC Radio 1 'Newsbeat' online
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat bulletin


Auditors' warning over council cuts

Wednesday 19 November
The LGA response to the National Audit Office's report on council finances was reported on BBC Online and in 'The Times' and 'Mirror'. It warned that councils will struggle to provide services if local government suffers further funding cuts and criticised DCLG for only having limited understanding of the impact of cuts on councils.

BBC Online
Times Online
Mirror
LGA press release


Councils warned over child sex abuse

Wednesday November 19
Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, Cllr David Simmonds was quoted by 'BBC Online', 'Mail Online' and 'The Guardian' in response to an Ofsted report about councils failing to protect vulnerable young people. Our lines also ran across the morning bulletins on 'BBC Breakfast', BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 'Radio 5 Live' bulletins this morning. Ofsted's National Director for Social Care, Debbie Jones, was also questioned on LGA calls for an independent review of the watchdog on Radio 4's 'Today Programme'. David Simmonds said: "While some local authorities are making positive strides to protect young people, it's clear that others have been too slow to step up to the plate and must do more to stop any cases where children could be at risk. This report makes for uncomfortable reading and councils across the country will now be reflecting on its implications and asking questions of their staff to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect each and every child."

BBC Online
Mail Online
Guardian
BBC Breakfast
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5
BBC Radio 4 Today Programme


Autumn Statement: Business wish-lists

Tuesday November 18
The 'Financial Times Online' included a summary of the LGA's Autumn Statement submission, as part of a round-up of Autumn Statement wish lists from key business organisations.

Financial Times


Call for child protection review

Tuesday November 18
The LGA's response to the DCLG select committee's report calling for a review of child protection systems featured on 'Mail Online' and 'ITV Online'. An interview with CYP Board Chair Cllr David Simmonds also ran on BBC Radio 5 Live. David Simmonds said: "Nothing councils do is more important than keeping children safe and local authorities up and down the country will be reflecting on the implications of this report and asking questions of their staff to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect each and every child. In addition, councils, communities and parents need to have confidence in the Ofsted inspection regime and its role in protecting children. The LGA has called for an independent review to discover what has gone wrong with the inspectorate. There are lessons in this report for every community and we must all work together to stamp out this awful crime."

Mail Online
ITV Online
BBC Radio 5 Live


Call for e-cigarette safety warnings

Saturday November 15
The LGA's warning about why safety messages should be displayed on electronic cigarette kits, following their involvement in more than 100 fires, was covered by 'BBC Online', 'Times', 'Telegraph', 'Mail Online', 'Independent Online' and 'i'. The story also ran on 'BBC Breakfast', 'BBC News' and 'Sky News' and across Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and LBC. Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chairman of the LGA's Fire Services Management Committee, said: "Alarmingly, there is no way of knowing the true figure as we understand many cases are going unreported." He added: "We are urging e-cigarette manufacturers to introduce clear, prominent and graphic new warnings spelling out to users the dangers of using incompatible chargers with e-cigarette batteries.". The Sun on Sunday followed up our call by reporting that ministers have ordered watchdogs to investigate what advice is available to users and would unveil measures to address the dangers.

BBC Online
Telegraph p15
Mail Online
Independent Online
Times p40, i p19
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
LBC
BBC Breakfast
BBC News
Sky News
 

21 November 2014