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Children and young people

Councils warn of £1bn shortfall in funding for new school places

27 August 2014

Council budgets are plugging a national 'black hole' of at least £1 billion in school places funding, town hall leaders are warning today.

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Localism

Toxic fake cigarettes filled with asbestos and excrement seized by councils

23 August 2014

Millions of illegal cigarettes filled with dead flies, human excrement and abnormally-high levels of cancer-causing chemicals are being taken off the streets by councils cracking down on the black market trade.

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Localism

Sale of voters' personal details to junk mailers 'demeans democracy' and must stop

22 August 2014

A law which forces councils to hand over millions of voters' personal details to junk mail companies should be scrapped, local authority leaders are urging.

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Latest news

Councils forced to divert money to pay for free school meals, new research shows

18 August 2014

Councils and schools have been forced to divert money from other budgets to ensure the Government's promise of a free school meal for all pupils aged seven and under can be delivered when the new school year begins next month.

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Latest news

Councils quizzed on dragon attacks, asteroid crashes and possessed pets in wacky FoI requests

16 August 2014

Emergency plans to cope with a dragon attack or meteor shower, pet exorcisms and frozen animals are just some of the more bizarre topics councils have been quizzed on by residents.

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Health

Children's mental health services 'in need of reform'

12 August 2014

Children's mental health services urgently need a complete overhaul if young people are to receive better support and care, council leaders warn.

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Latest news

Surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

12 August 2014

Councillor Jonathan McShane has responded to the latest Health and Information Centre statistics which have revealed a marked increase in diabetes prescriptions.

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Finance

Councils warn over 'no win no-fee' compensation claims

11 August 2014

Government is being urged to clamp down on opportunistic 'no-win no-fee' compensation claims which are draining taxpayers' money from schools and important local services, council leaders say.

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Health

‘Laughing gas' – national public health warning issued as councils launch crackdown on potentially lethal drug

9 August 2014

A national public health warning is being issued by councils about ‘laughing gas' as they launch a crackdown on this potentially lethal drug.

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Councils warn lack of funding could jeopardise Care Act

7 August 2014

Nine out of 10 councils are warning that a lack of adequate government funding could jeopardise vital reforms of the adult social care system.