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LGA on round two Local Authority Housing Fund

“We are pleased that the Government is continuing to work with the LGA and councils on funding to help families move to their own homes, reduce homelessness risks and help local partners acquire more housing."

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Newly updated Burgundy Book launched for school teachers

A handbook setting out the conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales has been updated for the first time in over two decades. The Burgundy Book is a national agreement between the five teacher unions and the national employers (NEOST). It is relevant to around half a million teachers and is an essential reference for all schools – both maintained and academies – with the majority choosing to incorporate the agreement into their teachers’ contracts of employment. Its main provisions relate to notice periods, sick leave and pay, and maternity leave and pay. The

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LGA responds to Heat Health Alert announcement

No-one is immune to the power of the sun and we know that there is growing evidence to suggest that extreme heat has an adverse effect on our health.

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Social care must remain rooted in local government – LGA on Fabian Society report

“Councils know their communities best, lead important work with local partners that supports and improves people’s wellbeing, and – with the right resources – will continually strive for improved performance and innovation in the way care and support is commissioned and delivered.”

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Councils sound alarm on local climate threats

“The impacts of climate change are going to intensify into the future and councils are warning people and places will be left increasingly vulnerable without further preparation."

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Restore active travel funding for councils – LGA on NAO report into Active Travel England

It is disappointing that councils have seen an unexpected £200 million cut to their budgets for active travel projects

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Sexual health services at risk of breaking point: LGA responds to UKHSA statistics on new STI diagnoses

These new statistics continue to show that local council-commissioned sexual health services are at risk of breaking point, with rising demand coming at the same time as real terms cuts to funding


2023 Local Government Apprentice of the Year announced

Laura De Campos Duhdamell from Surrey County Council has been named as the 2023 Local Government Apprentice of the Year.

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LGA statement on Resolution Foundation report on road pricing

Whilst councils are working hard to support the transition to zero-emission vehicles, it is vital that we avoid a huge increase in traffic levels on our local roads, which could be 54 per cent higher by 2060.

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LGA on DWP childcare announcement

“Access to childcare is vital for all families, especially for those on the lowest incomes, the most disadvantaged children, women and single-parent families."