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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on gambling addiction
“In addition to introducing new legislation, the Government should ensure councils have the resources they need to provide appropriate education and support to parents, schools and across the wider children’s workforce.”
LGA responds to RNIB report on education for blind children
“This report provides further evidence of the immense pressures councils continue to face in supporting children who are blind or visually impaired as well as other pupils with special educational needs and disabilities."
LGA responds to announcement of green number plates consultation
“The introduction of green number plates could be a helpful tool for councils looking to encourage use of zero emission vehicles, which they can tailor and adapt according to their local area."
Debate on neighbourhood services provided by district councils and other local authorities, House of Lords, 24 October 2019
District councils are at the heart of delivering on many of the key issues that matter to communities. This includes services such as housing, planning, waste and recycling services, as well as leisure centres, museums and parks.
Environment Bill Second Reading, House of Commons, 23 October 2019
The measures in the Bill seek to establish a new system of green governance and accountability; drive a shift in maximising resource efficiency; enable greater local action on air pollution; secure long-term, resilient water and wastewater services; create or restore wildlife habitats; and give the Secretary of State the power to amend legislation regulating the use of chemicals.
The reduction in the number of health visitors in England, House of Commons, 23 October 2019
The LGA has offered to work with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS and Health Education England to get the right number of training places commissioned and to deliver policies to ensure health visiting remains an attractive and valued career.
LGA response to the Consultation on a new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants - October 2019
The LGA’s view is that the best way to increase housing security is to address the unaffordability of housing, which is a key reason why many people lose their tenancy and become homeless.
LGA response to the Consultation on rogue landlord database reform - September 2019
The Local Government Association is supportive of proposals to widen access to the national rogue landlord database to tenants and prospective tenants. We are also supportive of expanding the scope of offences leading to entries on the database.
LGA responds to £250 million investment in cultural infrastructure
“This funding will help libraries and museums to adapt, reach even wider audiences, and continue their roles at the heart of the community."
Housing Crisis - spending on B&Bs for homeless rockets since 2010
New analysis by the Local Government Association shows that councils are having to spend nearly 10 times as much money on placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts due to rising demand for support and a shortage of homes, as they were a decade ago.
LGA: Adult social care services help cut half a million unnecessary hospital bed days
“Thanks to the hard work of councils’ social care teams, the NHS has seen delayed transfers of care attributable to social care fall dramatically by more than half a million."
LGA responds to latest NCMP statistics on overweight and obese children
“Unless we solve this crisis, today’s obese children will become tomorrow’s obese adults whose years of healthy life will be shortened by a whole host of health problems including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.”
LGA responds to Education Policy Institute report on unexplained pupil exits
Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Boards, Cllr Judith Blake, responds to a report by the Education Policy Institute on unexplained exits of pupils.
There's no place like here - developing an authentic and effective place brand, 10 October 2019
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