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LGA responds to Public Health England HIV report

"It is fantastic news that the targets for diagnosing and treating people with HIV have been met in the UK, a success story that could not have been achieved without the key role played by local government."

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Blue badge thefts up sixfold in five years

Illegally using a Blue Badge is not a victimless crime. For disabled people, Blue Badges are a vital lifeline that helps them get out and about to visit shops or family and friends. Callous thieves and unscrupulous fraudsters using them illegally are robbing disabled people of this independence.

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LGA responds to combustible materials ban

“The LGA has led calls for a ban on combustible materials being used on high-rise buildings and it is great to see James Brokenshire act today."

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LGA responds to LGSCO annual review of social care complaints

"The percentage of overall complaints upheld has fallen slightly in the last year, and councils are determined to reduce all complaints over adult social care and ensure high quality and dignified care is delivered to all those who need it."

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10,000 affordable homes potentially lost through office conversions

Latest figures show that since 2015, a total of 42,130 housing units in England have been converted from offices to flats without having to go through the planning system.

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LGA responds to RSPCA call for more council funding

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to an RSPCA report highlighting its concerns about councils having to deliver more animal welfare work with no extra funding.

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Councils ready for winter with 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled

Councils are prepared for the worst of winter’s freezing temperatures with 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled and hi-tech gritters and street cleaning teams ready to keep roads safe.

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LGA responds to DFT measures to improve cyclist safety

"Councils have long called for a suite of moving traffic offence enforcement powers to protect cyclists and motorists."

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LGA responds to Government announcement on primary and community healthcare

"Greater investment in community support is the surest way to reduce hospital admissions and help the health and care system become more sustainable in the long-term."

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LGA responds to overall first year public sector apprenticeships target statistics

"The Budget contained a number of important changes but the Government needs to ensure they result in the overall apprenticeship reforms being coherent and making sense on the ground."