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LGA responds to ASH report on extra social care costs for smokers

“Councils are responsible for public health and doing everything they can to help smokers quit, including running a range of innovative programmes and services to encourage them to stub out tobacco for good."

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LGA responds to Defence Committee Report into Armed Forces support 'shortcomings'

“In order to adequately meet the needs of veterans and prevent the need for longer-term support, the Ministry of Defence and other partners need to work with councils before, during and after the transition of service personnel into civilian life."

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Climate change goals hinge on funding and powers for local areas

National climate change targets are unlikely to be met unless councils are given long-term funding, devolved powers and easier access to complex government funding pots.

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New figures show bus journeys plummet again

The number of bus journeys has continued to fall and is at its lowest level in over a decade, new figures reveal today, with councils calling for a greater say over how services are run.

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LGA responds to YMCA Report on youth services spending

"Funding and demand pressures have meant many councils are having to divert resources away from youth services to cope with the growing pressures in children's social care"

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LGA responds to launch of No Homeless Veterans Campaign

“Councils are often the first port of call for veterans who have left active service and their families and are committed to trying to provide them with the support they need and deserve.

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Brexit countdown: councils need overdue EU replacement fund certainty

The Government needs to urgently publish its consultation on its plans for a scheme to replace EU funding after Brexit.

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LGA responds to NHF 'State of the nation' housing crisis report

“The findings of this report reinforces how critical it is for the Government to use the Queen’s Speech to give councils the powers and funding they need to get building the social housing the country desperately needs.

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Boom in barns converted into homes fuels rural fears

“Councils, which are approving nine in 10 planning applications, are committed to building the thousands of new homes the country needs, but these have to be of high quality and with the right infrastructure in place."

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LGA sets out Queen's Speech seven-point plan to boost public services

The Queen’s Speech needs to reignite the devolution process to ensure all parts of England reap the benefits of having greater powers and funding to improve services such as housing, transport, and health and social care.