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People shop in town

LGA survey: £250 million a year lost through business tax avoidance

Business rates avoidance is costing local services an estimated £250 million a year.


LGA responds to EPI report on Early Years workforce

“This report echoes our concerns that the recruitment and retention of suitably qualified childcare practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult largely due to low wages and poor career progression."


Centralised skills system could leave six million people behind by 2030

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, new research for the Local Government Association suggests today.

Young family

LGA responds to new government advice to councils on adoption practices

"We urge the Government to also consider investing in the recruitment and support of foster carers to make sure that we have the most suitable placements available for all children."

Police line do not cross

LGA responds to rise in knife offences dealt with by courts

“Rising knife crime is causing horrendous destruction and grief in our communities and councils are uncovering some shocking cases of illegal knife sales which risk fuelling this tragic epidemic. Retailers must ask for proof of age if they suspect the buyer is under 25."


LGA responds to Ash report on Stop Smoking Services funding

“Smoking rates continue to fall, which is good news, but as this report highlights there needs to be greater help for those most in need of support, including routine and manual workers or people with mental health conditions."

Future of adult social care

LGA responds to Prime Minister's social care pledge

“Our own social care green paper outlined some key recommendations on how best to urgently resolve this issue, which the Government has an opportunity to take forward."


LGA responds to RAC pothole breakdown figures

Councils are on the side of all road users, fixing a pothole every 17 seconds and want to work with government to tackle our national road repairs backlog.

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LGA responds to Shelter survey of private renters

“It is alarming that so many private renters are suffering from housing worries, and councils want to work with government to help meet the challenges renters face."


LGA responds to British Heart Foundation air pollution warning

“For air quality plans to be successful, they need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding, while issues around resourcing and capacity also need to be addressed."