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Response to the latest drug-related deaths figures

"Councils are committed to ensuring drug users get the right support and treatment, and spend more on drug and alcohol treatment than in any other area of public health. This year alone, local authorities are budgeting to spend more than £700 million on tackling substance misuse."

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LGA responds to latest fire safety test results on cladding and insulation

“Councils will continue to get on with what they need to do to ensure people are safe in their homes. This includes replacing materials on high-rise blocks affected by these fire safety tests."

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Funding boosts for local authorities to transform local communities and release land for new homes

The Government has today launched a £54 million package to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes. This comes as part of a new cross-government partnership to make smarter use of government-owned property.

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LGA responds to DfT funding announcement

“This funding, and recent government announcements pledging more money for local roads is positive, but has to be viewed in the context that councils face a £12 billion roads repair backlog bill."

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LGA unveils Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association has today unveiled the Housing Advisers Programme – a new scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges.

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LGA chairman, Lord Porter's keynote address to the LGA Annual Conference

Lord Porter addresses more than 1,200 local government leaders, councillors and ministers in his keynote speech at the LGA’s Annual Conference.

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Bus passenger journeys fall to lowest level in a decade, councils warn

The number of people using buses in England each year has fallen to its lowest level in a decade.

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Councils worked quickly to send cladding samples for testing - LGA

“Councils have worked quickly to check cladding on tower blocks where they are the landlord and send samples for independent testing."

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Queen’s Speech: LGA responds to draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech.

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LGA responds to the Government's new litter strategy  

LGA Lord Porter says road litter is a big problem for councils at a time when they are experiencing significant budget pressures.