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LGA Media Releases

European and international

Growing risk to EU funding billions and Brexit uncertainty, councils warn

29 July 2016

The majority of vital EU regeneration funding remains tied up in thousands of growth-boosting proposals yet to receive government approval sparking fears English communities may never receive it and vital projects will be lost.


Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing, new research published by the Local Government Association warns.

Latest news

Councils urge Government to re-affirm its Broadband commitment

27 July 2016

The Government needs to re-affirm its commitment to a national minimum broadband speed across the country to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses falling into a "digital twilight zone", councils say today.

Extra powers and lower machine stakes are needed to tackle betting shop clustering

25 July 2016

New research reveals why extra powers are needed to tackle the saturation of bookmakers across their communities, councils say.


Government approves Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) to become new audit body

22 July 2016

Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) has been specified by the Government to become the body which is authorised to make future audit appointments on behalf of principal local authorities.


Councils respond to report on delayed discharges

22 July 2016

The LGA's Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to the Public Accounts Committee's report on delays in discharging older patients from hospital.


High street coffee chains must go 'further and faster' in developing recyclable cups, say councils

22 July 2016

High Street coffee chains must go "further and faster" in developing recyclable paper cups, warn councils.

Children and young people

LGA responds to fair funding for schools announcement

21 July 2016

Cllr Richard Watts responds to the Government's announcement of fair funding for schools.

Community safety

LGA and Barnardo's respond to new FGM figures

21 July 2016

Cllr Lisa Brett, FGM spokesperson for the LGA, said: "FGM is child abuse and cannot be justified by reasons of culture, tradition or religion, which is why local authorities are determined to work with their communities to end the practice, which is leaving young girls physically and mentally scarred for life."

Former ADASS President pays tribute to Harold Bodmer

21 July 2016

Deputy Chief Executive of the LGA, and former ADASS President, Sarah Pickup, said: "I am devastated by the news of Harold's death."