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Housing

Scrapping welfare assistance funding ‘an expensive mistake', warn councils

29 January 2015

The removal of government funding for local welfare ‘safety net' schemes in April would be an expensive mistake which could put thousands at greater risk of losing their homes and cost the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds, councils are warning.

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Housing

Councils comment on House-Elphicke report

28 January 2015

Councils respond to the House-Elphicke report released today, which reviews the role of local authorities in housing supply. Read why councils are calling for the government to make housing a priority.

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Latest news

Care crisis will require councils to divert £1 bn from other services

28 January 2015

The escalating cost of caring for the elderly means councils will have to divert £1.1 billion from services like fixing potholes and running libraries and museums from April, new analysis shows.

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Children and young people

Councils comment on Education Select Committee report into academies and free schools

27 January 2015

Following to the Education Committee's report, ‘Academies and Free Schools' councils respond: "Elected local councils are the best place to provide robust accountability for all types of schools, rather than Whitehall."

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Localism

English councils demand devolution ahead of draft Scotland Bill publication

22 January 2015

Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA, commenting on the Government's draft Scotland Bill says: "What's good enough for the Scottish Government should be good enough for England's cities and shires..."

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Finance

Bonds Agency makes key appointments

22 January 2015

A chairman and vice-chairman have been identified to head up the UK's first municipal bonds agency, which will trade under the name Local Capital Finance Company Ltd (LCFC), as it gears up for launch.

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Improvement

LGA consults on sector-led improvement

20 January 2015

Council leaders and chief executives are being asked to give their views on sector-led improvement in an LGA consultation on the approach.

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Children and young people

Blinkered inspection approach could obscure quality of work to tackle child abuse

20 January 2015

The true quality of activity to tackle child abuse and neglect across the country could be being obscured because of Ofsted's blinkered approach to inspecting children's services, local government leaders are warning today.

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Health

Ticking 'obesity time-bomb' is driving up healthcare costs, warn councils

17 January 2015

A ticking obesity time-bomb is set to drive up costs for health services by billions of pounds unless money is invested in grassroots preventative schemes, say councils.

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Environment

Households urged by councils to show vigilance as the cold snap bites

15 January 2015

Households are being urged by councils to show extra vigilance and ensure vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives are safe as the big freeze bites.