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Localism

English councils demand devolution ahead of draft Scotland Bill publication

22 January 2015

Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA, commenting on the Government's draft Scotland Bill says: "What's good enough for the Scottish Government should be good enough for England's cities and shires..."

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Finance

Bonds Agency makes key appointments

22 January 2015

A chairman and vice-chairman have been identified to head up the UK's first municipal bonds agency, which will trade under the name Local Capital Finance Company Ltd (LCFC), as it gears up for launch.

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Improvement

LGA consults on sector-led improvement

20 January 2015

Council leaders and chief executives are being asked to give their views on sector-led improvement in an LGA consultation on the approach.

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Children and young people

Blinkered inspection approach could obscure quality of work to tackle child abuse

20 January 2015

The true quality of activity to tackle child abuse and neglect across the country could be being obscured because of Ofsted's blinkered approach to inspecting children's services, local government leaders are warning today.

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Health

Ticking 'obesity time-bomb' is driving up healthcare costs, warn councils

17 January 2015

A ticking obesity time-bomb is set to drive up costs for health services by billions of pounds unless money is invested in grassroots preventative schemes, say councils.

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Environment

Households urged by councils to show vigilance as the cold snap bites

15 January 2015

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

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Economy

Councils forced to spend millions topping up drinks industry

15 January 2015

Three million potholes could have been filled or 28 million meals on wheels provided with the millions of pounds councils have been forced to spend topping up the drinks industry over the past decade.

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Children and young people

Councils fear school place tipping point

13 January 2015

The £12 billion cost of creating places for the 900,000 extra pupils expected at England's schools over the next decade could push schools to breaking point, council leaders are warning.

LGA says communities ‘must not be short-changed by fracking'

13 January 2015

Responding to an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, Cllr Peter Box, LGA Environment Spokesman, said: "The LGA has long argued that communities should not be short-changed by fracking and any financial benefits schemes set up for areas which accept plans should mitigate the adverse impacts of development and deliver significant benefits.

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Economy

A million unemployed people receiving no government help into work, councils warn

12 January 2015

More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils warn today.