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Thousands of bus routes at risk amid funding uncertainty

An alarming number of cherished bus routes could be lost forever from April without further Government funding support and a long-term plan to keep them running, councils and transport groups are warning today.

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Vapes need to be ‘out-of-sight and out-of-reach’ to tackle underage sales – LGA

Councils are especially concerned by the marketing of vapes with designs and flavours that could appeal to children, in particular those with fruity and bubble gum flavours, and colourful child-friendly packaging.  

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‘Stopping terrorism requires a broad and joined-up approach’: LGA responds to Prevent review

“We have long argued that stopping terrorism requires a broad and joined-up approach. Investing in a long-term approach, which includes a multi-agency support offer for those at risk, is vital in addressing some of the wider issues that may contribute to individuals becoming radicalised and create tensions in our communities.


Councils left in the dark about mental health funding future – LGA responds to NAO report on mental health service demand

“As this report demonstrates, public mental health services run by local councils lack the sufficient funding they need to cope with increasing demand."


Local Government Finance Settlement: LGA statement

“Today’s final settlement confirms an increase in local government core spending power, which will help councils deal with inflationary and other cost pressures they face next year."

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‘Funding must be delivered where it is needed most’ – LGA responds to walking and cycling routes fund

"Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK and thousands of people are prematurely killed every year from traffic related pollution. As a country, we can’t meet our climate change targets and clean our toxic air without increasing levels of walking and cycling within our local communities."

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Local public health services at risk amid funding uncertainty

The LGA is calling on the Government to urgently publish the Public Health Grant funding allocations. Time is running out for councils to set budgets and spending plans and to make critical decisions on renewing contracts for vital public health services.


Children’s social care implementation strategy: LGA response

“The funding announced, while helpful, falls short of addressing the £1.6 billion shortfall – estimated prior to inflation – required each year simply to maintain current service levels."

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‘Councils determined to improve housing conditions’ – LGA responds to damp and mould findings

Councils continue to fully support efforts to inspect homes and drive up standards in both the social housing and private rented sector.

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Support and investment needed for adaptation – LGA responds to Climate Change Committee report

“Councils need support and investment now to help close the gap between the changing climate and our readiness for it - the costs of inaction is far greater."