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Budget 2017: councils respond to announcement of new funding for NHS

"It is a completely false economy to put money into the NHS while not addressing the funding crisis in adult social care. This sends a message that if you need social care, you should go to hospital."

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to greener transport measures

“We look forward to seeing more details on these proposals, but it’s essential that any new responsibilities on transport that councils take on are fully funded, and that they are given whatever resources they need to put the appropriate infrastructure in place.”

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to Universal Credit announcement

"The measures announced today should allow councils to ensure that fewer claimants get into financial difficulty at the start of their claim."

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to cultural development fund announcement

"Councils recognise the tremendous role that culture and heritage plays in helping to create places where people want to live, work and visit. “While today’s announcement is helpful, further funding would genuinely make a difference in creating culture-led, place-based development in communities. "Local authorities, alongside Arts Council England, are this country’s biggest public sector investors in culture. "Despite significant reductions in central government funding, councils have adopted innovative ways of supporting and boosting culture and heritage. This includes setting up trusts to

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to housing measures

“The LGA has long called for councils to be given greater freedom to borrow to build new homes and today’s Budget has taken a step towards that by lifting the housing borrowing cap for some councils. This is an important recognition of our argument about the vital role that councils must play to boost homes for local families in need and solve our housing crisis. “There are other measures in the Budget that will make a difference, especially more funding for Land Assembly, the Housing Infrastructure Fund and for SME builders. These are all measures councils have been making a case for. “Planni

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to devolution deals

“The announcement of the first new devolution deals in 20 months is encouraging and will benefit those living in the North of Tyne region and the West Midlands, but many more such deals are needed to reverse the growing sense of stalled progress and missed opportunities across much of the country. “Councils want their residents to be able to enjoy ‘devolution delight’ rather than suffer ‘devolution deadlock’. “The longer it takes to secure new devolution deals, the longer communities will have to wait to benefit from the opportunities currently available to areas where devolution has taken

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#OurDay – a day in the life of local government

21 November 2017 marked #OurDay, the annual social media event that celebrates the diverse work carried out by councils up and down the country.

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LGA responds to iHV call to reverse public health cuts

“Public health services play a vital role in improving the health of children, young people and adults, reducing the need for treatment later down the line and easing the pressure on the NHS."

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Average house price is now eight times the average wage, councils warn

The average house price in England is now almost eight times the average wage, sparking a call from councils to be allowed to invest significantly in house building.

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Councils call for urgent action to improve safety in youth offending institutions

Action is urgently needed to make sure children and young people detained in youth offending institutions and secure training centres are safe, council leaders say.