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Nearly two thirds of leisure centres in need of urgent investment
Holocaust Memorial Day
The apprenticeship levy - our key asks on reform
The Government’s apprenticeship reform programme has changed the way employers manage their skills and training functions but it is being held back from reaching its full potential to help learners and businesses by the way in which the programme was designed.
Over two-thirds of council homelessness services pushed into the red
“Councils want to work with government to be able to prevent homelessness before it happens, but as a result of unprecedented funding pressures, they are becoming increasingly limited in what they can do."
LGA responds to MAC report on immigration salary thresholds
"As the country faces significant skills challenges, councils must be involved in the development of any new immigration system."
Agriculture Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 3 February 2020
The Bill does not consider how this rural growth component fits into the proposed land management system, or how it will link to the forthcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). This funding is too important to rural areas to fall through the gaps of the new system. We would recommend the Government clarify, through this legislation and guidance, how new growth funding arrangements will be incorporated into post-EU funding.
LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement
Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s housing spokesman, responds to an announcement by the Housing Secretary that councils will receive an extra £112 million to tackle rough sleeping.
Opposition Day Debate, Homelessness, House of Commons, 29 January 2020
In the previous two years of the Housing Advisers Programme, we have funded over 100 councils to help councils build homes, reduce homelessness, plan for population ageing, understand the student housing market and increase supply of modular housing.
LGA responds to OFSTED annual report
Cllr Judith Blake responds to OFSTED's annual report on the overall quality of education and care in England
January blog: Return to Social Work programme
The LGA has teamed up with the Government Equalities Office to reignite the Return to Social Work programme following its success in 2017.
LGA responds to Prince's Trust report into 'looming skills crisis'
“Improving the mismatch between the skills employers need and the support and training being offered to jobseekers is vital to tackle a host of other challenges our country faces, from health and social care to housing."
LGA responds to CPRE report on new housing design
“High-quality homes for affordable and social rent are desperately needed across the country now, and councils need to be able to resume their role as major builders of affordable homes."
LGA responds to Commission for Equality in Mental Health report
“Councils have a crucial role to play in issues affecting wider mental health, such as housing, skills, employment, transport and public spaces."
LGA responds to funding announcement for on-street charge points
Cllr David Renard responds to the announcement by the Transport Secretary that funding for on-street charge points is to double.
LGA responds to Visit Britain/Visit England annual review
Responding to the VisitBritain/VisitEngland annual review on tourism spending in Britain, which revealed that visitors spent £951 million in the last financial year as a result of VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s investment, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:
LGA responds to building safety announcements
Lord Porter responds to the latest building safety announcements made by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick
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