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LGA responds to WWF report on plastic use

“Councils have made significant progress in increasing levels of recycling. As a nation we need to go much further, much faster – it is essential that we protect our environment by tackling this issue at the root cause, by cutting unrecyclable material out of the market in the first place. “We have long called for industry to step up and show more responsibility and councils are keen to get on and tackle it – we want producers to sit down with us and discuss how the design and recycling of packaging can be improved so that they impact on the environment as little as possible. “As one example,

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'Life-changing' care leaver initiative can only fund one in five

Personal advisers can play a major role in supporting care leavers as they move towards independence and we were fully supportive of the decision to extend this to all care leavers up the age of 25.

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LGA responds to latest Government homelessness statistics

On average over the last three years, councils are having to house the equivalent of an extra secondary school’s worth of homeless children in temporary accommodation every month.

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LGA responds to latest Government house-building figures

“Although any increase in the number of homes is a positive step, it really is essential we get towards the Government’s own target of 300,000 new homes, of all types and tenure, a year, if we’re to tackle our national housing shortage."

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LGA responds to NICE guidance encouraging people to be more active

Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Transport spokesman, responds to guidance published today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, calling for councils to encourage people to be more active.

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LGA responds to latest Sport England survey about sport and physical activity levels

Councils are full of ideas to support people to be active, including holistic approaches such as planning and designing our areas to make them easier to navigate on foot or by bike, for example, instead of just expecting our residents to attend leisure centres and gyms.

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'Barn conversion' developments to heap more pressure on rural schools, roads and affordability

Rural areas face losing out on investment in infrastructure and affordable homes as a result of forthcoming planning changes allowing more new homes to avoid local approval, the Local Government Association warns today.

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LGA responds to Marie Curie report on “end-of-life” emergency hospital admissions

“Social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the NHS and government needs to address immediate pressures as part of funding gap facing social care, which is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020.”

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LGA responds to ALARM survey on the state of local roads

“Careful and efficient management of our roads by councils has seen some progress being made into tackling the backlog of road repairs. However, increasing traffic levels, and more cars on our roads, together with continuing extreme winter weather conditions means that government needs to keep funding of local roads as a priority in its spending plans. “Only long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to embark on the widespread improvement of our roads that is desperately needed, to the benefit of all road users up and down the country, including cyclists.

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LGA: Government agrees to consultative rights for local government post Brexit

Local government currently has a formal advisory role in the EU law and policy-making process through its membership of the EU Committee of the Regions. This formal involvement in law-making has ensured that EU laws are improved by the experience of those at the frontline of delivery. The LGA, together with the local government associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, have been in discussion with the UK Government about how this advisory role might be replicated in UK law. Our shared ambition is to replicate the advisory role of local government in the UK post-exit, without