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European and international

Government devolution U-turn over EU billions could hit jobs and growth

26 February 2015

The Mayor of London will have full control over London's share of EU billions while local leaders in other English cities and counties are left behind following a devolution U-turn by the Government, council leaders warn today.

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Adult social care

LGA response to the PAC report into planning for the Better Care Fund

26 February 2015

Read the LGA's response to the PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund.

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Community safety

Metal thefts down by a third

21 February 2015

Metal thefts have fallen by a third in the past year, as councils lead efforts to combat unscrupulous thieves targeting churches, desecrating war memorials and causing disruption by stealing electric cables and metal from railway lines.

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Localism

LGA response to 'rushed devolution' comments by CBI

19 February 2015

Responding to CBI Director General John Cridland's comments about concerns over rushed devolution, the LGA has released the following statement.

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Finance

LGA response to the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

18 February 2015

LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks responds to the independent Commission on Local Government Finance's final report ‘Financing English Devolution',

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Adult social care

Social care funding must be protected like the NHS in the next Budget

16 February 2015

Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.

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Children and young people

Councils respond to school places funding announcement

13 February 2015

Responding to today's announcement of £1.6 billion for the creation of school places needed by September 2018, a LGA spokesman said: "Mums and dads rightly expect their children to be able to get a school place and this money will provide more certainty to councils as they plan the creation of school places."

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Economy

New construction strategy will support SME firms to deliver local economic growth

12 February 2015

Local Government Association's (LGA) newly launched local government construction procurement strategy sets the framework for improving public procurement for small and micro firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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Health

Radical new proposals to drive down smoking rates and save billions of pounds unveiled by councils

11 February 2015

Key report published today says it is vital the next government makes it a priority to use existing money better to tackle smoking.

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Children and young people

Councils respond to school buildings investment

9 February 2015

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "Mums and dads expect their children to be taught in buildings in a good state of repair, but too many of our classrooms are crumbling and do not measure up."