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£5.3bn EU cash countdown: regional aid funding to run out in 18 months

Local areas in England are at risk of losing out on £5.3 billion in just 18 months if the Government does not act fast and put in place replacement funding arrangements once the UK leaves the EU, council leaders are warning.

Young people today half as likely to get on nation's 'broken' housing ladder

Young people today half as likely to get on nation's 'broken' housing ladder

Young people today are half as likely to own a home as they were 20 years ago, while existing home-owners face being unable to move, according to a new report by the Local Government Association.

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Worrying smoke alarm ‘failure’ rate prompts safety warning

“Smoke alarms are proven life-savers, but these worrying ‘failure’ rates are a reminder to people to test their smoke alarms regularly and change batteries where necessary."

Rob Comber, winner of LG Challenge 2019

Winner of the LG Challenge 2019 revealed

Rob Comber won over voting delegates and judges with his project that will tackle the educational impact of child poverty through summer schools.

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Two scams a day reported to councils fighting fraudsters

More than two scams and attempted scams a day are being reported to some councils as they crack down on criminals running shams ranging from fake online dating and disability parking badge sites to bogus diamond investment schemes and weight-loss devices. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging people to report all scams which costs UK citizens nearly £10 billion a year. Fraud, which includes scams, is now the most common type of crime, accounting for 3.6 million crimes in England and Wales last year. But this could be the tip of

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Toxic skin lightening creams warning amid industry boom

“Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could seriously damage your health, scar you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all costs."

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Toxic skin creams still rife in cosmetics market, councils warn

Shoppers are being warned about buying highly toxic skin lightening creams from a booming illegal market in cosmetics.

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Tooth decay: LGA responds to the PHE survey of five-year-old children

"The findings of this survey highlight the need for urgent investment in oral health education so that parents and children understand the impact of sugar on teeth and the importance of good oral hygiene."

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Thousands of young people missing out on vital careers support, councils warn

School pupils and college students will miss out on a government programme designed to prepare children for life after school or higher education, councils warn today.

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Thousands of children to miss out on secondary school place in five years

More than half of all councils in England are at risk of not being able to meet demand for secondary school places, according to new analysis by the LGA.