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Pothole repair funding in UK has reduced more than majority of other OECD nations – LGA analysis

Spending on local road repairs in the UK has been reduced by more than nearly all other OECD countries in almost two decades, new Local Government Association analysis reveals today.

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Sports clubs should shoulder full cost of ground safety certification, not councils – LGA

The Government should blow the full-time whistle on outdated charging regulations that mean the local taxpayer is having to foot the £1 million annual bill for sports clubs to have ground safety certification. 

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New housing qualification requirements could cost councils £18m in first two years

Councils could face an extra bill of £18 million to deal with new government housing standards, as revealed by research undertaken by the LGA. 

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Afghans already presenting as homeless – LGA statement

Hotels have already begun to close to Afghan households across the country and - as we feared - councils are already seeing families presenting to them as homeless as a result.

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Council-maintained schools continue to outperform academies – new LGA research

Schools that remain within their council have continued to outshine those that converted to academies, according to new research commissioned by the Local Government Association. 

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‘Councils best placed to make decisions with communities’ – LGA on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods review

“Councils are on the side of all road users and residents, and are working hard to tackle congestion, make our air cleaner and improve the quality of life in their communities.  We want to work with government to achieve this."

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‘Crucial to delivering care’: LGA responds to £600m social care workforce funding

“The LGA called for this funding to be ring-fenced for adult social care and distributed to councils to help fund frontline services. We are pleased to see that the Government has listened to councils and has protected this money."

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Additional funding needed for children’s social care – LGA on Family’s First for Children programme

We remain concerned that additional funding for children’s social care reform is significantly lower than that recommended by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care.

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LGA responds to Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman annual review

“We are pleased to see the recognition of the great results from councils who have adapted their services based on recommendations, and it is positive that in 99.3 per cent of cases councils are implementing recommendations made."

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LGA: National Partnership Policing Agreement being rolled out too quickly 

"We are concerned that this is being rolled out too quickly, with inadequate local engagement meaning that other agencies risk being unable to pick up any increases in demand for their services."

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