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End ‘spiral of decline’ of bus services by handing control to councils

By providing councils with new franchising powers they would be able to keep fares down, increase the number of local bus routes and make buses more attractive for everyone to use.

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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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‘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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Future of local buses at risk as councils face £450 million bill to prop up national free bus pass scheme – new LGA analysis

Councils have said the way the concessionary travel scheme is funded by Whitehall is unfit for purpose and prevents councils from investing in more reliable bus services.

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LGA responds to Age UK survey on digital exclusion

Ensuring local services are as accessible as possible to everyone in their communities is important to councils

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LGA responds to Brake report into school road safety

Councils have introduced traffic calming measures including speed restrictions, School Streets, enforcement cameras and crossing patrols to ensure those walking and cycling to schools can do so safely.

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Restore active travel funding for councils – LGA on NAO report into Active Travel England

It is disappointing that councils have seen an unexpected £200 million cut to their budgets for active travel projects

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LGA analysis: Government spends 31 times more per mile on maintaining motorways than on repairing local potholes

The Government spent 31 times more per mile maintaining motorways and A roads last year than they did on funding councils to repair crumbling local roads.

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Bus funding extended after council warnings – LGA on cash extension

The LGA has been calling on the Government to urgently step in to ensure thousands of vital bus routes in April are not lost.

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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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