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More than a million homes with planning permission not yet built
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LGA survey: more than half of public surveyed support local tourism levy
LGA-commissioned independent research found that a pound-per-night levy applied in a local area in England could raise between £238,000 and over £7 million a year depending on the area.
Independent Group at LGA Annual Conference 2016
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LGA responds to IPPR North devolution report
“There is clear and significant evidence that the country gets better value for money when decisions over investment and how to run local services are taken closer to communities and businesses."
NHS Funding Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 26 February 2020
In recent years, adult social care has been propped up by one-off, piecemeal injections of funding. This hampers councils’ ability to plan for anything beyond a short-term horizon. Social care and public health funding should therefore be given the same long-term certainty as NHS funding.
Opposition Day Debate: Social Care, House of Commons, 25 February 2020
The underfunding of adult social care and support sector is impacting on the quality of life of people who have care and support needs. It is also creating a fragile provider market, putting workforce and unpaid family carers under further strain, creating unmet and under-met need and impacting on social care’s ability to help mitigate demand pressures on the NHS.
Housing backlog – more than a million homes with planning permission not yet built
More than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.
Local Government Cyber Security Tools Workshop, 12 February 2020, London
Introduction to the cyber security tools workshop Geoff Connell, Director of IMT and Chief Digital Officer, Norfolk County Council Pathfinders
Tackling Knife Crime conference, 6 February 2020
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Council employees' pay offer announced
Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 2 per cent from 1 April 2020.
7th National Construction Conference, 4 February 2020
Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness
New research for the LGA by Policy in Practice reveals the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.
The four-year freeze has left some families and vulnerable people – including single parents and disabled people – struggling to pay their rent and cover other household bills. In the worst cases, it is causing homelessness.
Debate on technological and lifestyle efforts to address climate change and meet the 2050 net zero carbon emissions target - House of Lords, 06 February 2020
Technological and lifestyle efforts have an important role to play in addressing climate change and meeting the net zero target, but responsibility cannot rest with individuals alone. Compelling, appropriate and affordable sustainable alternatives must be available to the general public to enable them to make sustainable choices.
LGA briefing: Children's mental health week - House of Commons, 6 February 2020
Good mental health is essential for a healthy and prosperous society. Unfortunately, it is easier to focus on what happens when a person becomes mentally ill, and how the health service intervenes, rather than how to keep our communities mentally well in the first place. Improving and maintaining good mental health for communities is a key priority for councils.
LGA: Lifting local housing allowance rate
“Everyone deserves a decent, secure and affordable home and more needs to be done to protect tenants, including the most vulnerable, from falling into the trap of financial instability. "
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