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LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

“Our survey shows that councils up and down the country want to build more good quality, affordable homes that meet the strategic housing needs of their local communities."


LGA responds to latest bus travel statistics

“Ahead of the forthcoming Spending Review, we are urging government to give councils control over the Bus Service Operators’ Grant, and properly fund national free bus pass schemes, which could help us maintain our essential bus services, reduce congestion and protect vital routes.”


LGA responds to Spring Statement 2019

“With councils still facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion in 2019/20, it is disappointing that the Chancellor has missed the opportunity to use today’s Spring Statement to provide further desperately-needed funding for our under-pressure local services this year.


Tougher sprinkler rules needed, councils and fire authorities urge

Tougher sprinkler rules must be introduced to ensure fire safety in high-rise buildings and care homes, the LGA urges at its annual fire conference today.


LGA responds to air quality intervention report

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the LGA reponds to a Public Health England review of interventions to improve air quality and health, published today.


Councils warn against further youth offending cuts

“We share the Government’s determination to tackle youth crime, but it needs to properly fund the services that work most closely with young people at risk of offending."

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LGA responds to Age UK report on the social care burden on women

“Unpaid carers are the backbone of the care system, many of whom are unable to take a break, putting their own health on the line. Without these unsung heroes, who are predominantly women, the system would collapse."

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LGA launches Twenty-first Century Toolkit to support women, parents and carers

The LGA has produced a toolkit aimed at helping those who have other responsibilities, such as looking after children, caring for an older relative or who want to start a family, to be councillors and represent their communities.

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Council tax will fail to protect adult social care services this year

“Raising council tax has never been the answer to fixing our chronically underfunded social care system."


LGA responds to NAO report on apprenticeships

“With a 26 per cent fall in apprenticeship starts between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and many employers still struggling to spend their funds nearly two years after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, further reform to enable greater local flexibility is desperately needed."