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LGA Media Releases

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Culture

English tourism can soar under devolution, say councils

27 September 2016

English tourism can soar under devolution deals with new figures revealing the tourist industry is set to grow by nearly three per cent every year over the next decade, research by the LGA revealed today.

Councils' potential £320 million bill to convert schools to academies

24 September 2016

New figures released today reveal that the potential cost to council taxpayers of converting all schools to academies is £320 million, with an additional loss of £80 million every year in business rates income.

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Health

LGA responds to latest dental statistics

23 September 2016

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to new dental statistics published today by NHS Digital.

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Health

LGA responds to latest immunisation figures

22 September 2016

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to the latest immunisation figures published today by NHS Digital.

Judicial review backs councils' call for commercial waste VAT exemption to remain

21 September 2016

A judicial review has ruled councils in England should remain exempt from VAT on commercial waste collections - potentially saving local authorities and small businesses many millions of pounds.

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Adult social care

LGA responds to report on future of migrants in social care workforce

21 September 2016

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, says the warnings of the report are a concern to councils because losing any of the sector's workforce would have an impact on their ability to manage increasing levels of demand.

New powers needed to help councils tackle huge business rate debts

20 September 2016

Millions of pounds in unpaid business rates are having to be written off by cash-strapped councils due to a loophole in licensing and business laws being exploited, the Local Government Association said today.

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Health

Make traffic light labelling mandatory, says LGA

17 September 2016

Councils, which have responsibility for public health, say steps should be taken to ensure the traffic light system becomes UK law.

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Environment

Flash floods: Councils respond

16 September 2016

Responding to the current flash flooding across the country, LGA Environment spokesman Cllr Martin Tett says councils are working closely with emergency services to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

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Children and young people

Councils need more powers to tackle illegal schools

16 September 2016

More powers are needed to make sure children being home educated are receiving a good education, and to help tackle illegal schools, council leaders say today