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LGA survey: more than half of public surveyed support local tourism levy

LGA-commissioned independent research found that a pound-per-night levy applied in a local area in England could raise between £238,000 and over £7 million a year depending on the area.

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Housing backlog – more than a million homes with planning permission not yet built

​​​​​​​More than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.

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LGA responds to State of Health Visiting Survey

"Working with government and the NHS, councils want to protect our world class health visiting service by attracting, training and keeping new essential workers."

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LGA responds to IPPR North devolution report

“There is clear and significant evidence that the country gets better value for money when decisions over investment and how to run local services are taken closer to communities and businesses."

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LGA responds to immigration points-based system announcement

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Government’s plan for a points-based immigration system.

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LGA responds to funding announced for domestic abuse refuge services

“With long-term, sustainable funding, councils can work with the Government and partners to further safeguard individuals and families from the physical and psychological harm of domestic abuse and prevent it happening in the first place.”

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LGA responds to Young Carers research

“Councils across the country work hard to make sure they are able to access the support they need while continuing to enjoy their childhoods and fulfil their full potential."

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LGA responds to announcement of Hearts for the Arts award winners

Despite rising demand for services and central government funding reductions, councils continue to be the biggest investors in culture, bringing communities across the country together.

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LGA responds to NAO report on local authority commercial investments

"The report highlights that the recent rise in Public Works Loan Board interest rates announced by the Treasury will affect local authority decisions to invest in commercial property. This rise has increased the revenue costs of all new borrowing for councils and thrown into doubt the viability of new capital programmes which help deliver on key government priorities, such as housing and regeneration."

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LGA responds to call to license hand car washes

“Modern slavery is a despicable crime and a rising threat to our communities. We are working with councils to increase awareness and understanding of modern slavery, to help them identify these ruthless profiteers and rescue their victims from lives of servitude, including those working at hand car washes for little or no pay."