Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report published today by the Gambling Commission on the under-age use of gaming machines in pubs.
"This reinforces the need for new and long-term significant funding for children’s services, which are fast approaching a tipping point and face a funding gap of £3 billion by 2025 just to keep services running at current levels."
‘Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Making place-based, person-centred health and care a reality’ is being launched today by the Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Association of Directors of Public Health, the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers.
"Identifying veterans has always been a challenge for councils and we are pleased that today’s strategy recognises the need to collect more information about the number of veterans in our communities. This will help councils better plan their local services."
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to today’s government announcement that a reduction in maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be brought forward to April 2019.
Processions, poetry readings, beacon lightings and bell ringing will be among the many commemorative events taking place this weekend, as councils across the country help to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.