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Children and young people

Queen's Speech: Councils respond to adoption plans

27 May 2015

A response to the Education and Adoption Bill set out in the Queen's Speech today, which contains measures to encourage councils to join together to create regional adoption agencies.

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Community safety

Queen's Speech: Legal highs ban will enable closure of 'head shops'

27 May 2015

Local Government Association spokesman, Peter Fleming, responds to ban on legal highs.

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Workforce

Queen's Speech: Councils respond to apprenticeships plans

27 May 2015

Read Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the Local Government Association, on the Governments plans for apprenticeships in today's Queen's Speech.

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Localism

Queen's Speech: LGA call for devolution to all corners of England

27 May 2015

"The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill is great news for our larger cities but we want to make sure the benefits of devolution reach all corners of England," comments LGA Chair, David Sparks.

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Housing

Queen's Speech: Right-to-buy extension must see homes replaced one-for-one

27 May 2015

Comments on the announcement of a Housing Bill in the Queen's Speech, which includes the extension of Right-to-Buy to housing association tenants.

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Children and young people

Queen's Speech: Councils comment on schools plans

27 May 2015

Read Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, on schools plans in the Queen's Speech.

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Workforce

LGA responds to IPPR apprenticeships research

24 May 2015

Local government is right behind government's ambition to create 3 million apprenticeships. New research highlights the importance of engaging councils to make that ambition a reality.

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Health

Councils call for Queen's speech to include outright ban on legal highs

23 May 2015

An outright ban on legal highs should be included in the Queen's Speech, say council leaders.

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Localism

LGA sets out alternative proposals to Cities Devolution Bill

21 May 2015

The Local Government Association (LGA) white paper on devolution includes a warning to the new government that the principle of cuts without reform could stifle growth and development and challenge the sustainability of vital local services.

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Latest news

Government urged to ensure devolution benefits all corners of England

14 May 2015

Read Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA, on the proposed devolution of transport, housing and policing powers.