25 April 2016
New analysis published today by the Local Government Association (LGA) shows that local authority maintained schools continue to perform more highly in Ofsted inspections than academies.
26 April 2016
Councils are urging that the Government should take action to reduce the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Machines (FOBTs) to lower the risk of harm caused by playing on the gaming machines, on which players can lose £300 a minute.
23 April 2016
Restaurants should offer tap water to families dining out, so children have an alternative to a sugary drink, say councils.
21 April 2016
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group, responds to the Government's announcement that the UK will provide a resettlement route to the UK, specifically designed for ‘Children at Risk' from the Middle East and North Africa region.
20 April 2016
To mark the historic milestone local authorities across the country will be lighting hundreds of beacons. Other celebrations will include parades, brass bands, and themed entertainment days featuring cars from the past 90 years.
- Children and young people
- Community safety
- Culture, tourism and sport
- Economy and transport
- Environment, planning and housing
- European and International
- Finance and localism
- 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.