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‘Great news for vital courses’: LGA responds to adult education funding reforms

“It is great news for all those in adult education that the Government has decided to continue funding for courses beyond just focusing on employment, recognising the wider benefits that community learning brings, which we and other bodies such as Holex have been calling for."

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Councils call for ban of disposable vapes

Single use vapes, such as Elf bars and Lost Mary should be banned on environmental and health grounds, councils say for the first time today.

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'Planning faces significant challenges’: LGA responds to MPs’ report on housing targets

“Councils are committed to working with government and developers to build the housing the country needs, with land for more than 2.6 million homes allocated in Local Plans and nine in 10 planning applications being approved."

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Social care workforce plan needed - LGA on Skills for Care report

“While it is positive to see the size of the social care workforce increasing, we know that issues remain with a huge number of vacancies unfilled."


New powers do not go far enough - LGA on increased fines for litter, graffiti and fly-tipping

“Councils want courts to look at fly-tipping as an offence first, rather than at the individual and their ability to pay, as well as more use of suspended sentences, or custodial sentences for anyone convicted of a second fly-tipping offence."

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1,300 clean power projects with permission awaiting construction, say councils

“It’s fantastic to see a rapid rise in planning permissions for green energy projects. However, the numbers awaiting construction is concerning, with many pointing to delays in securing the grid infrastructure that connects solar panels to kettles."

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Nine in 10 councils concerned about nursery capacity ahead of 30 hours free childcare extension – new LGA research

Nearly nine in 10 councils fear that nursery closures this year will undermine capacity ahead of the rollout of the Government’s extension of the 30 hours free childcare scheme, new research by the Local Government Association reveals today. 

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Scrap plan for single word inspection ratings for underfunded adult social care services - LGA

“It is clear that most councils are struggling to meet all of their legal duties under the Care Act. Given that, it seems absurd to push ahead with single word ratings for adult social care departments."

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LGA: Number of councillors feeling personally at risk in role reaches new high

The number of local councillors who have reported feeling at risk in their role due to rising levels of abuse and intimidation has increased to a new high in the last year.

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LGA response to streamlined funding announcement

“Making it easier to access vital funding is a valued move by government, which will boost levelling up and help reinvigorate our communities."

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