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LGA - Unfunded National Living Wage increases would risk local services and jobs

Paying the forecasted increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) for the lowest paid council staff alone could cost councils at least £400 million over the next two years, the LGA says today.

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LGA: Give councils flexibility to offer virtual meeting options and open-up local democracy to all

We are urging the Government to finally address the future of remote and hybrid council meetings.

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LGA responds to Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper announcement

“We are pleased that the Government has committed to introducing legislation through the White Paper to increase the rights of tenants and enable them to better hold their landlord to account."

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Cost of living: Councils urge pensioners to claim extra top-up to help with rising bills and avoid falling into poverty

About 850,000 households are believed to be missing out on vital support, at a time when the increasing cost of living is disproportionally impacting upon those on low or fixed incomes, including over-65s and those who have retired.

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on school attendance

"The number of persistently absent children from school is very concerning. Good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development and for their wellbeing."

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LGA responds to Government plans to end Friday releases to cut crime and make streets safer

"In bringing release dates forward, this will ensure prison-leavers have enough time to access the right help and support to prevent them heading back towards previous criminal activities.”

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LGA – festival season isn’t always fun for local taxpayers because of outdated licensing fees, say councils

As the summer festival season gets underway, councils are warning that because of outdated licensing fees, local taxpayers are heavily subsidising some commercial events and are calling for fees to be updated – a plea that extends across the whole licensed sector.

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LGA responds to Government Food Strategy

“The strategy response represents a missed opportunity to tackle the underlying causes of many of these issues, which will continue to be exacerbated by the growing cost of living crisis. Unless the government takes urgent action, its ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030 will be missed."

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Polluted rivers end construction of new homes

More than seven per cent of all of England’s planned house building cannot go ahead due to river pollution levels, with further house building banned in other areas because of low water levels, analysis by the Local Government Association reveals.

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LGA responds to Khan Review on tobacco control 

"We strongly support the Khan recommendation that government must urgently invest an additional £125 million for tobacco control to achieve its smokefree 2030 ambition."