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LGA responds to latest knife crime figures

“Rising knife crime is causing horrendous destruction and grief in our communities and councils are uncovering some shocking cases of illegal knife sales which risk fuelling this tragic epidemic. Retailers must ask for proof of age if they suspect the buyer is under 25."

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LGA responds to written ministerial statement on building safety

"Although it is two years since we raised the need to look at High Pressure Laminate (HPL) with government, five years since an HPL system combined with combustible insulation failed a fire test and 10 years since HPL panels helped spread the fire at Lakanal House where six people died, advice has only just been issued on the level of risk posed by HPL cladding."

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LGA responds to County Council Network SEND funding analysis

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report by County Council Network on the special educational needs funding crisis.

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LGA responds to DFE consultation on transparency in local authority-run schools

“It is wrong to suggest that academies have more transparency and accountability than council maintained schools."

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LGA responds to HCLG committee waste strategy letter to minister

“Ultimately, if councils are to improve recycling rates, the new Prime Minister needs to use the Spending Review to address the £8 billion funding gap councils in England face by 2025.”

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LGA responds to Keep Britain Tidy parks research

“Access to natural spaces has a range of benefits to the community and councils are using parks to promote health and fitness, local heritage, public art, festivals and wildlife walks."

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LGA responds to introduction of Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament

“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously which is why we support a greater focus on prevention and early intervention measures to tackle the root causes and support more victims of this horrendous crime."

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Government urged to toughen up home education plans

​​​​​​​The Government’s plans to introduce a compulsory register for home-educated children risk failing children’s safety unless councils are given the powers to enter a premises to check on a child’s schooling, councils warn today.

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LGA responds to keynote speech by environment secretary

“Ultimately, if councils are to improve recycling rates, the new Prime Minister needs to use the Spending Review to address the £8 billion funding gap councils in England face by 2025.”

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LGA responds to Coram family and childcare's annual survey on holiday childcare

“We urge the Government to use the upcoming Spending Review to invest vital funding into making sure parents and carers can access the right childcare when they need it.”