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LGA responds to public health announcement
LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement on mental health
To achieve true parity of care between mental and physical health, we need a root and branch overhaul of mental health services, which focuses on prevention and early intervention, particularly for children and young people.
LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement
“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."
LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review
Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”
Future of free schools , House of Commons, 19 June 2019
LGA commissioned research found that councils are facing a high needs funding shortfall of £667 million in the 2019-20 financial year and this funding gap could rise to £1.6 billion by 2021.
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019
We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.
LGA responds to extension of Blue Badge scheme
“People can help councils win the fight against Blue Badge fraud, by tipping us off about people they suspect are illegally using a badge, bearing in mind this new eligibility and that people’s need for a badge might not be obvious.”
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