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LGA Media Releases

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Media

Councils reveal most bizarre call centre queries

31 August 2015

A few examples of unusual enquiries received by council customer call centres in the last year...

LGA Chairman named as life peer

27 August 2015

Cllr Gary Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, says the recognition is a testament to the hard work of colleagues in local government who dedicate their lives to making communities better places to live.

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Finance

Money Advice Trust report on council use of bailiffs

27 August 2015

Responding to the Money Advice Trust's report on council use of bailiffs, Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, says reduced government funding for council tax support has left councils needing to find £1 billion by 2016 to protect discounts for those on low incomes.

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Community safety

Firefighters tackle dementia, cot deaths and childhood obesity as local authorities embrace public health responsibilities

26 August 2015

Firefighters across England are now supporting vulnerable people with issues relating to dementia, mental health, domestic abuse, social isolation, childhood obesity and youth unemployment.

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Transport

Blue badge thefts more than double

22 August 2015

The theft of Blue Badges has more than doubled in the past 12 months, councils reveal today.

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Transport

LGA says foreign drivers should be made to pay parking fines

21 August 2015

Read Cllr Peter Box Chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, on the issue of unpaid parking fines incurred by foreign drivers.

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LGA responds to plans to enrol junior school children in their local library

19 August 2015

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chairman of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to the announcement today by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, about plans to enrol every eight-year-old child in their local library.

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Housing

Construction skills shortage threatens Government housebuilding pledge

17 August 2015

A growing construction skills shortage threatens the Government's pledge to build 275,000 affordable homes by 2020, councils are warning today.

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Health

Parents warned to be vigilant for rogue tattooists as councils crack down

15 August 2015

Parents are being warned to be vigilant for children and teenagers visiting rogue tattooists and buying kits over the internet as part of a celebrity-fueled craze for 'inking'.

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100 days of the new government

14 August 2015

Now we have reached the landmark first 100 days of government, Cllr Gary Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, releases the following statement.