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LGA responds to Resolution Foundation’s skills report

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People & Places Board, responds to the Resolution Foundation’s skills report.

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LGA responds to National Deaf Children’s Society survey

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a survey of specialist teachers by the National Deaf Children’s Society, warning of a system falling into crisis.

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LGA: modern slavery referrals by councils soar ninefold

Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared ninefold in five years, new figures show, highlighting the demands on local authority services already under significant pressure.

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LGA: Concerns over £10 million to be spent on National Citizen Service brand refresh

“It is not right that £10 million of government money is to be spent on a brand refresh for the National Citizen Service. This sends the wrong message at a time when councils are being forced to cull vital youth services as a result of government funding cuts."

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LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

“Our survey shows that councils up and down the country want to build more good quality, affordable homes that meet the strategic housing needs of their local communities."

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LGA responds to latest bus travel statistics

“Ahead of the forthcoming Spending Review, we are urging government to give councils control over the Bus Service Operators’ Grant, and properly fund national free bus pass schemes, which could help us maintain our essential bus services, reduce congestion and protect vital routes.”

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LGA responds to Spring Statement 2019

“With councils still facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion in 2019/20, it is disappointing that the Chancellor has missed the opportunity to use today’s Spring Statement to provide further desperately-needed funding for our under-pressure local services this year.

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Tougher sprinkler rules needed, councils and fire authorities urge

Tougher sprinkler rules must be introduced to ensure fire safety in high-rise buildings and care homes, the LGA urges at its annual fire conference today.

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LGA responds to air quality intervention report

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the LGA reponds to a Public Health England review of interventions to improve air quality and health, published today.

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Councils warn against further youth offending cuts

“We share the Government’s determination to tackle youth crime, but it needs to properly fund the services that work most closely with young people at risk of offending."