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LGA responds to HCLG Committee Report on business rates
LGA responds to funding for children with alcohol dependent parents
Motorists drive the equivalent of 989 return trips to Mars on roads in England a year
LGA responds to Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care (interim report), published by the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Debate on plastic bottles and coffee cups, House of Commons, 26 April 2018
Waste and recycling are among the most valued services any council provides. They are used by all council taxpayers and represent the third biggest spend item in a council’s budget. A doubling of spend by councils to £3.28 billion has seen recycling rates improve 400 per cent in the last decade.
LGA/DCN/CCN seminar on the National Planning Policy Framework reforms – 24 April 2018
Opposition day debate: schools - House of Commons - 25 April 2018
Schools should also be given greater certainty of future funding, to help them better plan for the spending pressures they face. Three-year budgets should replace annual budgets.
Opposition day debate: social care - House of Commons - 25 April 2018
The commissioning and provision of adult social care and support is a vital council service that can transform people’s lives. It is a crucial public service that supports working age disabled adults, older people and their carers, as well as promotes their wellbeing and independence.
LGA responds to reports of curbs on betting machines blocked
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to today’s reports that plans to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been blocked by the Treasury.
LGA responds to government measures on plastic recycling
Cllr Martin Tett, Local Government Association Environment spokesman, responds to the Government’s proposals to increase plastic recycling, including a deposit scheme for plastic bottles.
National Strategic Summit: Delivering health and care in a digital age - 27 March 2018
Debate on reductions in local government funding - House of Commons, Wednesday 28 March 2018
Years of unprecedented funding reductions have had a significant impact on the local services our communities rely on, and the knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector.
LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters
"With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before, there needs to be a national focus on tackling a chronic shortage of homes suitable to support our ageing population and reforms that will maintain and improve housing standards."
LGA responds to National Crime Agency figures on modern slavery
"Councils are determined to protect children in their communities, but with essential children’s services expected to experience a £2 billion funding gap by 2020, they face real challenges."
Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018
The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. The last time this country built more than 250,000 homes a year, councils built more than 40 per cent of them. Only an increase in all types of housing will ensure we can deliver 300,000 homes a year. A genuine renaissance in council housebuilding should play a major role in this.
LGA responds to increased funding for potholes repair funding following winter damage
"The funding announced today will provide just over 1 per cent of what is needed to tackle our current £9.3 billion local roads repair backlog."
Rise in online shopping clogging up our roads with LGVs
As companies scramble to meet their rising number of deliveries, traffic caused by the number of Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) on our streets has soared.
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