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Right to Buy rules undermining council efforts to boost housebuilding

“There are more than a million people on council waiting lists and councils can further get on with the job of building the new homes that people in their areas desperately need if they are able to keep all RTB receipts to replace any homes sold.”

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Devolve powers and funding to get more young people into work, LGA says as NEET numbers rise

“With more than 790,000 young people not in education, employment or training it is vital that more young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on local government finance

“The Committee is right to recognise our call for securing the sustainability of local services to be the Government’s top priority."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner Report on homeless children

With homelessness services facing a £159 million funding gap next year (2020/21), the Government needs to use the upcoming Spending Round to ensure councils have long-term sustainable funding to prevent homelessness, and give councils the tools they need to resume their historic role of building homes with the right infrastructure that the country needs.

Sector-led improvement

Councils save more than £100 million through LGA sector-led improvement

The Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) offer has helped councils save more than £100 million over the past year

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LGA responds to London Councils report on adult social care

"If councils are to continue helping people who rely on vital care and support to lead the lives they want to lead, they need funding certainty for both the immediate and long-term."

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LGA responds to NHS Health Checks review

"Councils have done a tremendous job in inviting more than 14 million eligible people to have a check over the last five years, of which 6.8 million have taken up the offer."

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LGA responds to latest drug-related deaths figures

“We have long argued that reductions to councils’ public health grant, which is used to fund drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services, is a false economy which will only compound acute pressures for criminal justice and NHS services further down the line."

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LGA responds to FSB potholes analysis

"Currently, 43 times more per mile is spent on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network."

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Loan sharks warning as debt enquiries hit record high

The loan sharks warning comes as latest figures show that 12,652 people a week in the UK are seeking help for problem debt – the equivalent of one person every 48 seconds.