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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."

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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."

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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."

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LGA responds to end of Local Housing Allowance freeze

“Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction but more should be done to help meet the challenges renters and councils face."

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LGA - Over 13,500 affordable homes lost through office conversions

The LGA said councils want to work with the Government to tackle the housing shortage and ensure new housing meets the needs of communities. As part of this, it is calling on permitted development rules to be scrapped and local communities to be allowed to have a vital say on new developments in their area.

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Mobile network operators 'marking their own homework', LGA warns

Across the country, local government is working on behalf of residents to hold mobile network operators to account on their coverage commitments. Yet some are finding that where coverage is supposedly fast and reliable, users have frequently reported being unable to make phone calls or get online. 

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LGA responds to Education Policy Institute report on children's mental health services

"This report reinforces the need to do more nationally to improve children’s mental health services and develop a system that says yes to children when they ask for or need help."

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New look first magazine is now online

Did you know that first magazine is available in an online format? Take a look around and let us know what you think of its new design. The pdf is still available to download and you can now also subscribe to an email alert so that you never miss new content.

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman Housing Benefit Report

“The report highlights some important learning for councils and government to take forward to improve fairness and accuracy within the benefits system."