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LGA on Restart report: Devolve employment support to councils

“People’s prospects for better employment post-pandemic could have been far improved if councils and devolved authorities had been able to take the lead, using their local knowledge, connections and expertise."

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Cost of living a ‘second health emergency’ after COVID – councils and public health directors

Local health chiefs are warning that the increase in costs of essential food items and energy has created a ‘second health emergency’ after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Perfect storm for stretched homelessness services – LGA on Ombudsman Homelessness Reduction Act report

“Homelessness pressures, combined with depleting social housing stock and an unaffordable private rented sector feels like a perfect storm for already stretched council services."

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LGA statement on Budget 2023

We want to work with government on a long-term funding plan which ensures councils have adequate resources to deliver local services for our communities.

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Levelling Up: Devolve powers and cut costly bids to realise ambitions, councils say

Costly competitions between councils vying for vital funding pots should be replaced to help realise the Government’s levelling up agenda.

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Significant challenges remain for public health services – LGA on public health settlement

Significant challenges remain for public health services

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LGA statement on Budget funding for swimming pools

We are pleased the Government has recognised the importance of our public pools to the nation’s health, our communities, and the safety of our children.

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Building of 20,000 homes left in limbo due to pollution concerns, councils say

Urgent action and funding is needed to address river pollution and low water levels so 20,000 new homes left in limbo can be built, councils warn.

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Cost of living: Increase Universal Credit childcare cost cap to help working parents – councils

Working parents should be helped with childcare costs by raising the cap on what they can claim back under Universal Credit, as figures suggest just 13 per cent of those eligible are claiming support.

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LGA analysis: Government spends 31 times more per mile on maintaining motorways than on repairing local potholes

The Government spent 31 times more per mile maintaining motorways and A roads last year than they did on funding councils to repair crumbling local roads.