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'Residential revolution' needed for England's ageing population, says LGA

The number of specialist homes for older people will need to increase by 400,000 units in less than 20 years as a result of our ageing population, new analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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Councils: displaying food hygiene ratings must be made mandatory after Brexit

All food premises should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws governing food safety are converted into UK law to improve hygiene standards.

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LGA responds to Children's Society's Good Childhood Report

“This report highlights the multiple factors that impact on children’s health and wellbeing, and demonstrates the importance of all agencies at local and national level considering how their policies and practice will impact on young people."

LGA responds to Government's Career Break Returner Programme

“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of supporting the return of good experienced social workers back into the profession."

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LGA responds to DEFRA announcement of a new litter innovation fund

“Litter and fly-tipping costs council taxpayers around £1 billion a year. We would now urge Government to build further on this encouraging step and hand councils the powers they need to rid communities of litter."

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Councils respond to LGO report on waste collection complaints

“Councils know that having a reliable and efficient waste collection and recycling service is hugely important to residents."

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Councils respond to Healthwatch England care home study

“It is absolutely critical that the Government brings forward its Green Paper on the future of social care announced in the Queen’s Speech, and that it works with local government leaders in delivering a long-term sustainable solution for social care."

LGA responds to IPPR report: ‘Power to the people?’

“All parts of local government must be reflective of the communities they represent and be at the forefront of driving the level of change required."

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Confidence in new builds falls as average house in England will have to last 2,000 years

The average new home in England will have to last 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building and replacement continues, the Local Government Association warns today.

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LGA responds to Stop Smoking statistics

Councils, which are responsible for public health, run a range of innovative programmes to help people quit smoking and have taken great strides in helping people to stub out tobacco for good. Despite this, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death, responsible for nearly 79,000 deaths a year.