20 May 2016
first - the magazine for local government - is celebrating its 600th edition. Read the magazine and look through a timeline of the key events and stories that have featured in first over the last 17 years.
21 May 2016
People desperate to attend major pop concerts, music festivals and sporting events this summer face a greater risk of falling victim to criminals after online ticket fraud soared by 55 per cent, councils warned today.
18 May 2016
The LGA has responded to the Bills proposed in today's Queen's Speech that have implications for local government. Read more about our response to each Bill.
18 May 2016
Read our on the day briefing and coverage of the Queen's Speech as it happened, where we have covered the key points and our responses to the bills that will have an impact on local government.
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- Health, Adult social care and ageing
This joint letter was published in the Observer on 27 March 2016.
Cllr Roy Perry, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People's Board responds to the Public Accounts Committee's report on care leavers' transition to adulthood.
Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to 'Protecting children from harm: A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network and priorities for action' published by the Children's Commissioner.
Headteachers should be allowed to follow a ‘common sense' approach to allowing parents to take children out of school during term-time.
The number of children in custody risks increasing if plans to reduce in-year funding for Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) by an additional £9 million go ahead, council leaders warn today.
LGA responds to £30 million adoption funding announcement in today's Budget.
Two in five council areas could still have more primary pupils ready to start school than places for them by September 2016, council leaders warn.
Predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex could be stopped immediately if a new type of banning order was introduced by the new government, local government leaders say.
Too many youngsters are being failed by a national ‘bums on seats' approach to post-16 education, warns the LGA.
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.
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.
Protecting children is one of the most important things councils do. This resource brings together, in one place, resources to help councils raise awareness of this issue within their own organisation, with their local partners and their communities.
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.
The Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling have announced an extra £7 million funding to help victims of sexual violence. The funding will run to the end of the 2015/16 financial year.
Female Genital mutilation is a serious form of child abuse and violence against women and girls. Councils have a key statutory role to play in safeguarding children and protecting the health and wellbeing of all women and girls.
The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them.
Any decision to postpone the opening of a new free school must be made before national offer day to ensure families aren't left disappointed and so valuable school places are freed up for other children, council leaders say.
Responding to figures that show growing number of parents are being fined or convicted for truancy, LGA spokesman Cllr David Simmonds CBE said head teachers should be trusted to make decisions about a child's absence without being forced to start prosecutions
Student performance should not just be judged on short-term outcomes such as exam results: finding employment should count too, say council leaders.