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Nearly two thirds of leisure centres in need of urgent investment
Holocaust Memorial Day
The apprenticeship levy - our key asks on reform
The Government’s apprenticeship reform programme has changed the way employers manage their skills and training functions but it is being held back from reaching its full potential to help learners and businesses by the way in which the programme was designed.
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.
March blog: The gender pay gap isn’t really about pay
You may think that things in local government aren’t that bad. Local government has always employed more women and worked hard to support and promote
Fees and charges review: community protection, transport and environment
An LGA commercial expert was commissioned to carry out a review of potential opportunities for either introducing or increasing charges for discretionary service provision in Surrey County Council's Highways, Transport and Environment (HTE) directorate.
LGA/ADPH Annual public health conference and exhibition 2019 - 21 March 2019
Suicide prevention: supporting individuals, improving services, saving lives Diane Lee, Head of Public Health, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Joint letter on adult social care
Adult social care is at breaking point. Two years ago the Government rightly recognised the scale of the problem and the need to find a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care. Two years later and its long-promised green paper on the future of adult social care still hasn’t been published.
Mental health video - March 2019
LGA Workforce News March 2019 explores the impact of mental health issues on the local government workforce.
Stevenage Borough Council: public health transformation six years on
This case study shows the excellent work that public health in local government is doing to commission for quality and best value across all areas.
Health visiting: giving children the best start in life
The health visiting service plays a crucial role in giving children the best start in life and councils have embraced the opportunity to make a difference in this key development stage.
Children's care cash crisis: children's centres in fight for survival
Families face the prospect of seeing more children’s centres close in their community after figures analysed by the Local Government Association showed councils have been forced to cut their spending on the service by nearly a quarter in four years.
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Local government is already the most efficient, transparent and trusted part of the public sector. In this time of austerity, we will also need to be even more ambitious when it comes to reshaping services in the future.