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LGA responds to Coram Family and Childcare Survey
“Recent uplifts to the funding rate for providers are helpful, but for many this will fail to cover increasing running costs such as the higher minimum wage."
School exclusions, House of Commons, 26 February 2020
The LGA has raised concerns that councils do not currently have the powers to fulfil their duties to ensure home schooled children are receiving a suitable education. In particular, this is because they have no powers to enter homes or to see children to satisfy themselves that this is the case.
LGA responds to Citizens Advice report into debt collection
"Anyone having trouble paying their council bills should get in touch with their local authority for financial help and advice as soon as possible.”
LGA responds to Marmot Review: 10 years on report
“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."
LGA responds to Cancer Research UK report on 2030 smokefree target
Responding to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
Debate on energy efficiency measures in buildings to achieve net zero, House of Commons, 26 February 2020
We support the intention of the Government’s proposals to future-proof new build homes with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. The Government’s manifesto commitment for a £3.8 billion capital Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is positive. We look forward to working with the Government to ensure effective implementation.
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus COVID-19.
LGA responds to call to license hand car washes
“Modern slavery is a despicable crime and a rising threat to our communities. We are working with councils to increase awareness and understanding of modern slavery, to help them identify these ruthless profiteers and rescue their victims from lives of servitude, including those working at hand car washes for little or no pay."
Town Centre Regeneration, Revitalising Hatfield Town Centre
Redevelopment of Hatfield town centre to deliver a more purposeful retail, leisure and community service provision including a mixed-use development scheme on council-owned land.
LGA responds to NAO report on local authority commercial investments
"The report highlights that the recent rise in Public Works Loan Board interest rates announced by the Treasury will affect local authority decisions to invest in commercial property. This rise has increased the revenue costs of all new borrowing for councils and thrown into doubt the viability of new capital programmes which help deliver on key government priorities, such as housing and regeneration."
Integrating Public Services | The South Tees Multi-Agency Children’s Hub (MACH)
The South Tees Multi-Agency Children’s Hub (MACH) working to deliver Early Help and Safeguarding, through collaboration of public sector partners.
LGA responds to government response to Online Harms White Paper
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Government’s response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation.
LGA responds to government consultation on unregulated children's homes
"Making the use of unregulated settings for under 16s illegal will not solve the problem if the Government does not, first and foremost, work with councils and providers to make sure that we have enough high quality, registered places for children to live so that we can keep them safe."
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