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LGA responds to the NAO's planning for new homes report

We remain clear that the Government’s housing needs formula does not take into account the complexity and unique needs of local housing markets, which vary significantly from place to place, and imposes unfair and undeliverable targets on communities.

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Response to the MHCLG rapid rehousing pathway

Every instance of homelessness is an individual tragedy and councils are determined to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support families affected.

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Response to Civitas report on household growth

A genuine renaissance in council housebuilding would not only boost housing supply, but increase affordability and the number of people able to get on the housing ladder.

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LGA responds to Education Committee report on early years

“Councils have grave concerns about the future of maintained nurseries if the current funding does not continue beyond 2020."

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Response to PAC report on local government spending

Pressures continue to grow in children’s services, adult social care, and efforts to tackle homelessness and this is leaving increasingly less money for councils to fund other discretionary services, such as the maintenance of parks, certain bus services, cultural activities and council tax support for those in financial difficulty.

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LGA responds to Citizen's Advice report on impact of Universal Credit

“The ability of councils to provide extra support to people to keep rent arrears down is becoming increasingly limited and we also remain concerned about the Government’s significant reductions in Housing Benefit, which can leave people struggling to pay their rent."

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LGA responds to government funding for green taxi charging points

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, responds to today’s announcement of £6 million in government funding for 17 UK councils to provide charging points for ultra-low emission taxis.

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LGA responds to Age UK research on the delayed social care green paper

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to research by Age UK on the social care green paper delay.

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on children educated at home

“Placing a legal duty on parents to register home-schooled children with their local authority would also help councils to monitor how children are being educated and prevent them from disappearing from the oversight of services designed to keep them safe.”

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LGA responds to Which? report on consumer rights enforcement

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report by Which? calling for consumers’ rights enforcement systems to be overhauled.