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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 responds to latest house building statistics
“The last time the country built more than 300,000 homes a year was 1977/78, when councils built 44 per cent of them."
LGA responds to Friends of the Earth report on climate-friendly councils
Responding to a report by Friends of the Earth on climate-friendly councils, Cllr David Renard, Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:
Diversity and inclusion - the roadmap to success, 1 October 2019
Debate on Women's Mental Health, House of Commons, 3 October 2019
Councils across the country are doing all they can to safeguard and protect women and girls from all forms of harm. We support a public health approach to tackling serious violent crime against women and girls, which is a key contributor to poor mental health.
LGA responds to ONS figures on the number of deaths of homeless people
The LGA responds to ONS figures published this morning showing there has been a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of deaths of homeless people in 2018 in England and Wales. Two in five of these were related to drug poisoning.
Taxi and private hire licensing reform, House of Commons, 3 October 2019
Existing outdated taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing laws need to be updated and strengthened. The LGA is calling on the Government to take forward commitments it made in response to its task and finish group’s report and introduce reform legislation in the next Queen’s Speech.
October blog: Supporting mental health at work in the public sector - on World Mental Health Day and beyond
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