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Health

Gas companies must give free electronic carbon monoxide alarms to all households to halt thousands of poisonings

19 December 2014

Gas companies must give free electronic carbon monoxide alarms to all households in a bid to halt thousands of annual poisonings, say councils.

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Finance

LGA response to the Local Government Finance Settlement

18 December 2014

LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks responds to today's Local Government Finance Settlement.

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Finance

Bonds agency moves into launch phase

15 December 2014

Plans for the UK's first municipal bonds agency have been given the green light to enter launch phase.

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Health

Households urged to look out for vulnerable as big freeze bites

12 December 2014

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

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Transport

Councils respond to RAC Foundation parking report

12 December 2014

Read Cllr Peter Box, Local Government Association (LGA) Transport Spokesman on the RAC Foundation report on parking.

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Children and young people

Councils respond to creation of new national careers advice company

10 December 2014

A new national careers advice company has just been announced by the Government. David Sparks, Chair of the Local Government Association and a careers advisor for 30 years, responds.

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Children and young people

Councils comment on Ofsted annual report

10 December 2014

Councillor David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, comments on Ofsted's annual report 2014, published on 10 December.

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Environment

Gritters out in force with councils ready for big freeze

9 December 2014

Councils are ready for the 'Big Freeze' this week with gritters out in force and council depots filled with around 1.3 million tonnes of salt, and highway teams monitoring high-tech weather forecasts with highly-trained staff on standby around the clock.

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Community safety

English councils also need powers to tackle proliferation of betting shops and FOBTS

9 December 2014

Councils in England are demanding the same powers to limit the proliferation of betting shops and high-stake Fixed Odds Betting Terminals that are being handed to Scotland.

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Children and young people

LGA response to the Railway Children report ‘Reaching Safe Places'

8 December 2014

"Providing the best possible care for vulnerable children is one of the most important things that councils do, but this report lays bare the challenges that many are facing."