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LGA responds to NAO report on supporting disabled people into work

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association People and Places Board, responds to the National Audit Office report on supporting disabled people into work.

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LGA responds to Resolution Foundation’s skills report

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People & Places Board, responds to the Resolution Foundation’s skills report.

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LGA responds to NAO report on apprenticeships

“With a 26 per cent fall in apprenticeship starts between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and many employers still struggling to spend their funds nearly two years after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, further reform to enable greater local flexibility is desperately needed."

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LGA responds to centre for cities report on skills gap

Cllr Sir Richard Leese CBE, Chair of the LGA's City Regions Board responds to the Centre for Cities skills report.

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LGA responds to the Government announcement of changes to the apprenticeship levy

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, responds to the Government announcement of changes to the Apprenticeship Levy.

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LGA: The Apprenticeship Levy needs improvement to reach its potential

“Councils support the Government's ambition to create 3 million apprenticeships. Good apprenticeships can give people the experience, skills and understanding that can often lead straight into a full-time job. However the Apprenticeship Levy must be improved in order to reach its potential."

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LGA: British Chambers of Commerce skills research shows radical reform needed to tackle crisis

“Twelve million people – the combined population of London, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire – will be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2024."

LGA responds to Government's Career Break Returner Programme

“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of supporting the return of good experienced social workers back into the profession."