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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."


‘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."