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LGA and ADASS warn changes to safeguarding rules could take £88 million from care budgets

31 July 2014

Councils are warning that changes to rules which govern how local authorities safeguard people receiving care and support could push social care further into crisis by diverting tens of millions of pounds from under-pressure budgets.

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Environment

Councils respond to Government fracking announcement

28 July 2014

Read the comments of Councillor Mike Jones, Chair of the LGA's Environment and Housing Board as he responds to the Government's recent announcement on fracking.

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Finance

'Community heroes' should receive council tax discounts

28 July 2014

Council tax discounts should be given to the thousands of 'community heroes' who improve life in their areas local authority leaders say.

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Transport

LGA responds to RAC Report on Motoring 2014

25 July 2014

A spokesman for the LGA has responded to the RAC Report on Motoring 2014.

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Health

Restaurant and pub chains urged to sign up to salt reduction targets to combat heart attack and stroke

25 July 2014

Restaurants and pub chains must stop dragging their heels and sign up to salt reduction targets to combat the nation's alarming levels of heart attacks and strokes, councils say.

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Community safety

Community leaders must face prosecution for encouraging FGM

22 July 2014

Encouraging or promoting the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by community or faith leaders should be made illegal under government plans to toughen up the law, councils urge today.

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Children and young people

LGA responds to Education Committee report on post-16 care

17 July 2014

Read the comments of Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board as he responds to the release of the Education Committee Report 'Into independence, not out of care, 16-plus care options'.

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Health

Health precautions urged by councils to combat heatwave

16 July 2014

Health precautions should be taken to combat a heatwave which is set to grip the country, say councils.

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Improvement

Councils respond to local government ombudsman's annual complaints report

15 July 2014

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chair of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board, responds to the Local Government Ombudsman's annual review of council complaints.

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Health

Call by councils for 'obesity action fund' to be created from slice of tax on fast food, soft drinks and confectionery

12 July 2014

An obesity action fund should be created by taking a slice of existing tax on fast food, soft drinks and confectionery to help transform the lives of the three and half million overweight or obese children in this country.