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Calls for respect in local elections amid rising levels of abuse

The LGA has joined forces with the Electoral Commission and the Jo Cox Foundation to call for no abuse towards candidates at this set of local elections.

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LGA responds to NAO's report on alternative asylum accommodation

“Councils want to work with government on developing a better system for accommodating and supporting asylum seekers."

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LGA backs new personal security measures for councillors

We are pleased that locally elected representatives will have dedicated police support for security matters for the first time. This is something we have long called for.

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LGA responds to Ukraine Permission Extension Scheme

"Councils work incredibly hard to support asylum and resettlement and have helped communities welcome around 200,000 Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war two years ago."

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Thousands of refugees could be on the streets for Christmas without urgent government action

According to Home Office data, there were around 90,000 decisions on older cases forecasted to be made before the end of December 2023. The pace and scale of the Home Office’s decision-making means that large numbers of people are already and will continue to turn to councils for support.

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LGA response to the announcement that fifty hotels will be closed to asylum seekers by January

Responding to the immigration minister Robert Jenrick’s announcement that fifty hotels will be closed to asylum seekers by January, Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair of the Local Government Association said: “Councils have a proud history of supporting humanitarian efforts and continue to work hard to protect and support refugees and help deliver a wide range of government asylum and resettlement schemes. Councils share the government’s ambitions to end hotel use for asylum seekers. “Hotel closures have a direct impact on councils and local government wants to play an active role in working with

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LGA on the announcement of the annual refugee cap launching in January 2025

We have raised concerns about councils being asked to commit to numbers of arrivals or propose a cap. It might be difficult for councils to predict potential arrival numbers across both asylum and resettlement and therefore their capacity to support new arrivals and the additional housing needed.

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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: Overwhelming majority of councils want hybrid meeting powers

One in 10 councils surveyed had a councillor who had stepped down in their authority since May 2021 due to the requirement for them to attend council meetings in-person.

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LGA responds to Electoral Commission review into Voter ID

It is of concern to councils that this review has found that some groups may have been more impacted than others by the introduction of Voter ID, with a small number being left unable to vote

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