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LGA on Smokefree 2030 consultation

Councils work hard in their communities to help long term smokers quit and so are fully supportive of the Government’s smokefree 2030 ambitions.

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Section 114 fear for almost 1 in 5 council leaders and chief executives after cashless Autumn Statement

Almost one in five council leaders and chief executives in England surveyed by the Local Government Association think it is very or fairly likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114 notice this year or next due to a lack of funding to keep key services running.

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Councils need support and funding for adult social care assurance process

“The added workload these assessments are causing for councils must be addressed and councils should be given appropriate additional funding and support in order to participate in them effectively.”

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Children’s social care placements costing £10,000-plus rise sharply in five years – new LGA analysis

The number of children’s social care placements costing £10,000 or more per week has risen sharply in five years, a survey of councils by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA seeks more views on how to improve assurance

The LGA is now seeking the sector’s views on the principles of assurance and accountability and asking for ideas on how the framework can be improved.

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Thousands of refugees could be on the streets for Christmas without urgent government action

According to Home Office data, there were around 90,000 decisions on older cases forecasted to be made before the end of December 2023. The pace and scale of the Home Office’s decision-making means that large numbers of people are already and will continue to turn to councils for support.

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LGA responds to AA survey on October pothole breakdowns

“Investing in cost-effective and resilient roads resurfacing, rather than retrospectively dealing with potholes, is a priority for councils."

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LGA responds to Autumn Statement

“The evidence of the financial strain on councils has been growing and it is hugely disappointing that today's Autumn Statement has failed to provide funding needed to protect the services the people in our communities rely on every day."

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Joint statement from the LGA, CCN, DCN, London Councils, Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities & Unitary Councils Network

The local government family has long warned of the growing financial challenges facing councils. Through savings and efficiencies, councils have done everything they can to deliver balanced budgets and ensure vital local services are saved from being cut. Yet for many of our members, they are now approaching or already at the point where their financial sustainability is at risk.  Today we unite to call on the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement to address the significant financial challenges faced by councils, and to protect the vital local services that our residents rely on every day.  But


Autumn Statement: Coalition urges Chancellor in open letter to fund children’s social care

A coalition of councils, charities and campaigners - including those with experience of the children’s care system - has written a joint open letter to the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt urging him in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement to provide the funding children’s social care “desperately needs…before it is pushed to the brink”.

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