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LGA in Parliament 2018/19
LGA responds to public health announcement
LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement on mental health
To achieve true parity of care between mental and physical health, we need a root and branch overhaul of mental health services, which focuses on prevention and early intervention, particularly for children and young people.
LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement
“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."
LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review
Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”
Future of free schools , House of Commons, 19 June 2019
LGA commissioned research found that councils are facing a high needs funding shortfall of £667 million in the 2019-20 financial year and this funding gap could rise to £1.6 billion by 2021.
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019
We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.
LGA responds to extension of Blue Badge scheme
“People can help councils win the fight against Blue Badge fraud, by tipping us off about people they suspect are illegally using a badge, bearing in mind this new eligibility and that people’s need for a badge might not be obvious.”
LGA responds to Health Foundation and King's Fund public health call
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a joint report by the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund calling for public health funding cuts to be reversed.
LGA responds to Early Years report on nurseries funding gap
“We have particular concerns around provision for disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs and disabilities if funding rates continue to fall below the cost of delivering services."
LGA responds to NAO report on ensuring food safety
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a National Audit Office report on ensuring food safety and standards.
LGA responds to Totaljobs report on lack of opportunities for ageing workforce
“This report highlights how vital it is that we provide opportunities for people of all ages to increase skills levels and help adults retrain and upskill so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps."
LGA responds to Children's Commissioner's report into speech and language support for vulnerable children
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to a report from the Children’s Commissioner warning that too many vulnerable young children are missing out on the vital speech and language help they need to get ready for school.
This year’s Local Government Association in Parliament report provides an update on our activities in the Palace of Westminster
Domestic abuse and homelessness, House of Commons, 12 June 2019
A multi-agency approach is needed to tackle this crime, with flexibility in the new package of support to ensure services can be tailored to the needs of different areas.
Debate on high streets and town centres in 2030, House of Commons, 13 June 2019
We welcome the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s recommendation that the business rates system needs to be modernised to ensure online business make a fair contribution.
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