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Government awards councils new funding

The Government has announced today that 90 per cent of councils are now part of a programme that will create 44,000 new jobs and release land for 25,000 new homes.

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Councils urge communities to “be on look-out” this weekend amidst icy conditions

As the country prepares for ice and snowy conditions this weekend, councils are urging households to show extra vigilance and ensure vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives are safe as the big freeze bites.

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Development deadlock: council planning departments 'hampered' by missing out on £70 million, LGA warns

Council planning departments are set to miss out on an extra £70 million by the end of the financial year, ‘hampering’ their ability to process applications, if the Government does not urgently bring forward measures to increase planning fees, the LGA warns today.

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LGA responds to Government care cap announcement

“Fundamental changes to the way we fund adult social care are needed if we are to deliver a long-term sustainable system that works for everyone in society"

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LGA responds to Shelter report on homeless children

“It’s heart-breaking to think of any child experiencing homelessness, especially at Christmas, which is why councils are focused on trying to prevent homelessness happening in the first place."

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LGA responds to BMJ report on traffic pollution's effect on unborn children

"Expectant mothers, and our children, of whatever age, need to be able to live in safe communities and that includes making sure the air they breathe is as free from pollution as possible."

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Council employees' pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a two-year pay increase from 1 April 2018. The majority of employees - those on salaries starting at £19,430 per annum - would receive an uplift of 2 per cent on 1 April 2018 and a further 2 per cent on 1 April 2019, with those on lower salaries receiving higher increases.

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LGA responds to Autumn Budget 2017

“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."

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Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children's services funding

"We’ve reached a tipping point where this service can no longer be ignored. It is absolutely crucial that the forthcoming Local Government Finance Settlement addresses this funding gap."

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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."