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Bus passenger journeys fall again, reaching lowest level in a decade

The amount of people using buses in England each year has fallen to its lowest level in a decade – down to 4.38 billion passenger journeys across the country in 2016/17.

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LGA responds to Spring Statement 2018

Only with the right funding and powers can councils continue to make a difference to people’s lives by building desperately-needed homes, creating jobs and school places, filling potholes, maintaining parks and green spaces, running children’s centres, leisure centres and libraries, caring for elderly and disabled people and protecting children.

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LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

“Despite significant funding and resource pressures, councils are fulfilling their commitments while also delivering effective budget management."

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LGA responds to Domestic Abuse Bill consultation

"It’s positive to see the Government has allocated an £8 million fund towards support for children who witness domestic abuse, and help with their recovery through locally commissioned projects. However, considerably more must still be done."

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LGA responds to consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to the concerns of the LGA, local councils and our partners across the public sector and decided against the introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse."

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LGA responds to new planning laws for councils

“The truth is that councils are currently approving nine in 10 planning applications, which shows that the planning system is working well and is not a barrier to building."

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LGA responds to Family and Childcare Trust survey on childcare

"Councils are committed to ensuring that parents have access to high quality, flexible childcare so that all children get the best start in life, and have been working closely with local providers to try to make sure enough spaces are available for those who need them."

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LGA responds to CQC survey which finds choosing care one of most stressful experiences

“Choosing care for a loved one is a major and often stressful decision - especially when they have to be made quickly – as it has health and wellbeing implications for the person who needs caring for."

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LGA responds to AA poll of drivers on the condition of roads

"Only long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to embark on the widespread improvement of our roads that is desperately needed, to the benefit of all road users up and down the country."

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LGA responds to new sentencing guidelines around domestic violence incorporating text and email abuse

"This new guidance, which acknowledges that it can occur in a wide range of domestic settings and in various forms, including over text or email, is a positive step towards tackling it."