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‘Cut costly competitive bids to fulfil projects’: LGA responds to LUHC committee report on levelling up

“Levelling up has the potential to transform people’s lives and livelihoods, with councils best placed to make this happen."

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LGA starts discussions on assurance framework for local government

The Local Government Association has begun to work with the sector, professional associations, and other groups to map the different elements which currently provide assurance of the performance of local government, in the interests of clarity and transparency and to help understanding of how they all fit together.  This follows a recommendation from the LGA’s recent corporate peer challenge. Once the system-wide mapping of the different assurance elements has been completed, there will be an opportunity to consider whether any of the current checks and balances could be simplified

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Everyone should be able to upskill or retrain - LGA responds to £165m local skills fund

Given the right powers and resources over employment and skills funding for every place, councils could build on their track record of helping get people back into work.


Rise in alcohol dependency heaps pressure on council services – LGA on PAC report into alcohol treatment

This stark evidence shows a concerning increase in harmful alcohol dependency across the country since the pandemic.

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Improving school attendance – LGA on DfE plans

"We have long raised with government that councils lack the powers to ensure that children who are missing school don’t slip through the net."

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Keep vapes out of sight of children – LGA on ASH survey on e-cigarette use among 11 to 17 year olds

To tackle this issue and ensure vaping is kept out of reach of children, vapes should be sold in plain packaging and be out-of-sight behind the counter

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Energy saving schemes falling short, warn councils 

“It is now time to shift to a locally led approach, which would mean councils can target the homes that need the support most, while working with local businesses to build skills and growth.”


Renters’ Reform Bill: LGA statement

“The removal of ‘no fault’ evictions is a significant step towards tackling our national homelessness crisis."

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LGA Political Balance Confirmed

The Local Government Association is a cross-party organisation with Labour now being the largest Group.

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Over 50 per cent increase needed on planning fees for councils to break even

Plans to increase planning fees by 35 per cent will not be enough to prevent a significant national shortfall or solve capacity issues in the sector.