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Nearly two thirds of leisure centres in need of urgent investment
Holocaust Memorial Day
Over two-thirds of council homelessness services pushed into the red
“Councils want to work with government to be able to prevent homelessness before it happens, but as a result of unprecedented funding pressures, they are becoming increasingly limited in what they can do."
LGA responds to MAC report on immigration salary thresholds
"As the country faces significant skills challenges, councils must be involved in the development of any new immigration system."
Agriculture Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 3 February 2020
The Bill does not consider how this rural growth component fits into the proposed land management system, or how it will link to the forthcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). This funding is too important to rural areas to fall through the gaps of the new system. We would recommend the Government clarify, through this legislation and guidance, how new growth funding arrangements will be incorporated into post-EU funding.
LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement
Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s housing spokesman, responds to an announcement by the Housing Secretary that councils will receive an extra £112 million to tackle rough sleeping.
Opposition Day Debate, Homelessness, House of Commons, 29 January 2020
In the previous two years of the Housing Advisers Programme, we have funded over 100 councils to help councils build homes, reduce homelessness, plan for population ageing, understand the student housing market and increase supply of modular housing.
LGA responds to indoor air pollution report
"Good air quality is vital for our health and wellbeing and councils, who are already leading the way in tackling air pollution, will take on board any good practice guidance that helps continue to protect vulnerable people and keep them safe."
Permitted Development and shale gas exploration - House of Commons, debate 28 March 2019
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has recently consulted on proposals to introduce a permitted development right for shale gas exploration.i Shale gas exploration takes place in order to identify suitable sites for hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), and can have a number of impacts on local communities.
Must know: special educational needs and disability
Councils, schools, colleges and health services must work together to support children and young people with special needs and disabilities.
Must know for youth services
Councils have a statutory duty to “secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient provision of educational and recreational leisure-time activities for young people” and to make sure young people have a say in the local offer.
Modern slavery and victim support, House of Commons, 27 March 2019
The latest statistics from the National Crime Agency show that the number of council referrals of suspected victims of modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism has risen from 153 in 2013 to 1342 in 2018.
Local Industrial Strategy Masterclass – collaboration with business and stakeholders - 25 March 2019
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Supporting young parents to reach their full potential
Councils have a major role in ensuring your parents get the help they need, whether it is through the services they commission or deliver. Health visitors, family nurse partnerships, early years, children’s centres, youth services and the voluntary sector all have a key role to play.
Brighton and Hove: the benefits of a specialist teenage midwife
In Brighton a specialist teenage midwife is funded to work with young mothers. The midwife is able to see her clients more regularly than normal, providing valuable support that benefits this group during their pregnancy.
Building cohesive communities
Cohesive communities are about more than just preventing or addressing unacceptable behaviour and hate crime.
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