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LGA responds to new measures added to Online Safety Bill

Responding to the new measures added to the Online Safety Bill, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said “Social media is a significant part of our everyday lives, and everyone should be able to access online platforms safely. These new duties reflect recommendations made by the LGA and will support people to feel safer online and to have more control over online interactions. “Councillors experience daily online intimidation, abuse and threats made against them. These harmful behaviours are entirely unacceptable. Enabling councillors and other

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Kickstart scheme

"As this report highlights, greater sharing of information and data at a local authority level would be helpful in maximising the scheme’s success."

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Youth services funding reduction could pay for over 1,000 youth workers – LGA

More than 1,000 youth and community support workers could be recruited using money removed from a flagship government fund for youth services, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.

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LGA responds to Crisis report on homelessness trends across the country

“Government support packages such as the temporary eviction ban and £20 Universal Credit uplift have been incredibly helpful throughout the pandemic, but with these now no longer in place, a cross-departmental plan around long-term social and financial resilience and homelessness prevention is urgently needed."

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Cllr Nick Forbes announcement – LGA statement

“We are hugely grateful to Nick for the outstanding contribution he has made to the LGA. His voice has helped to secure significant changes for communities across the country"

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LGA responds to Living with Covid strategy

“The Government should ensure that local outbreak management plans can be stepped up if required if there is a re-emergence of the virus and that all partners are sufficiently resourced to make this happen."

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Local outbreak management cash will still be needed as part of Government’s ‘Living with Covid’ strategy

Government must continue to provide funding for local public health teams to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in their areas as part of its Living with Covid strategy, councils say today.

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Tougher UK gambling regulation needed to protect communities – councils and Police and Crime Commissioners say

Ahead of the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act, the Local Government Association and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) are calling for tougher powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas, alongside a crackdown on the current volume of gambling advertising and marketing. 

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LGA: Councils working to protect communities as Storm Eunice arrives

Council staff continue to work around-the-clock to protect communities as the nation braces itself for Storm Eunice to bring further extreme weather across England.

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LGA responds to announcement of Hearts for the Arts winners

“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate some of these achievements with the Hearts for the Arts Awards. The individuals and teams are an inspiration to us all and a reminder of the importance of locally funded cultural services in engaging people in creativity and achieving wider objectives around levelling up."