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Barn in a field

Boom in barns converted into homes fuels rural fears

“Councils, which are approving nine in 10 planning applications, are committed to building the thousands of new homes the country needs, but these have to be of high quality and with the right infrastructure in place."

Big Ben

LGA sets out Queen's Speech seven-point plan to boost public services

The Queen’s Speech needs to reignite the devolution process to ensure all parts of England reap the benefits of having greater powers and funding to improve services such as housing, transport, and health and social care.


LGA responds to New Economics Foundation research on affordable homes

“Lifting the housing borrowing cap was a big step forward, but we now need the Government to go further in the Queen’s Speech by devolving Right to Buy so councils retain 100 per cent of their receipts to reinvest in building new homes, and can set discounts locally.”


LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of social care complaints

“Extra funding for social care next year will help councils as they strive to ensure older and disabled people can live the lives they want to lead."


LGA responds to new Domestic Abuse Commissioner announcement

“Our ambition must be to reduce the number of victims, with greater investment in early intervention and prevention schemes, including in perpetrator programmes, that help stop domestic abuse happening in the first place."


LGA responds to Select Committee report into connectivity gap leaving rural communities behind

“Councils are best placed to understand the digital needs of their local areas. They have been at the centre of delivering the Superfast Broadband Programme, having committed £740 million to extending connectivity to the hardest to reach areas, but cannot fix the issue alone."

Carer helping an old woman

LGA responds to independent age report on free personal care for older people

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an Independent Age report calling for free personal care for older people.


LGA responds to APPG inquiry into missing children

“Funding pressures alongside soaring demand for care are preventing councils from investing in the accommodation and support options at the level they need in order to provide the best and most appropriate help for all children and young people."


Bus journeys fall by more than 300 million in five years

“The continuing decline in bus journeys emphasises the need to protect bus services and for councils to be able to invest in funding subsidised routes."


LGA responds to Heritage Open Days

​​​​​​​“Many councils across the country are celebrating Heritage Open Days by running events in important cultural buildings and green spaces."