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LGA announces 2024/25 Sector Support programme

12/04/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the 2024/25 Sector Support programme to help councils ‘deliver critical services to communities.’

Northumberland has ‘further to go’

13/03/2024

Northumberland CC has ‘further to go’ despite progress on its improvement journey, a report has found.

LGA moves towards performance support role

14/02/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) is to take a more proactive role as it seeks to do more to prevent Whitehall intervention in councils, The MJ understands.

Consultation on audit reset proposals launched

09/02/2024

Proposals to reset the local audit system and clear the backlog of accounts have been officially unveiled.

Disposable vapes to be banned

29/01/2024

Disposable vapes will be banned in the UK to protect children’s health, the Government announced today.

LGA calls for family hubs extension

10/01/2024

Council bosses have called for an extension of the family hubs programme after the Government announced that all local authorities involved in the scheme offer access to a centre.

LGA appoints new chief exec

04/01/2024

Surrey County Council boss Joanna Killian has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).

Call for greater drug use surveillance

18/12/2023

Council chiefs have called for greater regulation and surveillance of the use of illegal drugs in response to what they have called ‘worrying new trends’.

Swindon’s finances on a ‘cliff edge’

14/12/2023

Axing 80 jobs is one proposal among a raft of measures under consideration by Swindon Borough Council as it seeks to cover a £14m shortfall.

Dudley's sustainability 'in jeopardy'

11/12/2023

Dudley MBC has set up an improvement board following stark warnings over its finances and governance.

Councils call for support after ‘stark’ climate change warnings

11/12/2023

Local authority leaders have said they need support to prepare communities for climate change after a stark report described the impacts of changing temperatures on people’s health.

LGA poised to shift position on Right to Buy

06/12/2023

Smith Square is poised to amend its position on Right to Buy, The MJ has learned.

One in five councils report bankruptcy fears

06/12/2023

A poll of council leaders and chief executives has revealed that one in five think it likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114.

Thousands of refugees face homelessness at Christmas, LGA warns

29/11/2023

The Government’s push to clear the asylum backlog is putting ‘tens of thousands’ of refugees at risk of homelessness over Christmas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Council reprimanded after suffering Cyber attack

28/11/2023

Gloucester City Council has pledged lessons will be learnt following a reprimand from a data watchdog over a Cyber attack.

LGA seeks views on improvement framework

28/11/2023

The LGA has called on those working in or with local government to provide feedback on how the improvement and assurance framework can be improved.

MPs launch inquiry into controversial watchdog

24/11/2023

An inquiry looking at the remit of the controversial Office for Local Government (Oflog) was launched by MPs today.

Sector unites in plea to chancellor

22/11/2023

The local government sector in England has put out a call to Jeremy Hunt to ‘address the significant financial challenges faced by councils’.

LGA responds to councillor’s ceasefire email

21/11/2023

The LGA has spoken out after a councillor threatened to name locally elected members who did not sign up to support a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

Temporary accommodation costs mount to £1.74bn

27/10/2023

English councils spent £1.74bn on temporary accommodation last year, research has found as more than 100 local authorities signed up to an ‘emergency’ housing summit.

LGA: involve councils in asylum hotel decisions

25/10/2023

Councils want an active role in decisions about ending hotel use for asylum seekers, local government bosses have said.

Councils ‘held back’ on net zero

24/10/2023

The organisations that represent English councils have collaborated in a call for the Government to change its approach on delivering net zero.

'Devolution hopes rest on combined authorities'

24/10/2023

Combined authorities represent the greatest hope for devolution in England, according to a new report based on interviews with 95 former ministers and Whitehall mandarins.

Councils welcome waste reform flexibility but await details on costs

23/10/2023

Councils were relieved not to lose all local discretion in the Government’s waste collection reforms but have said questions remain, including over funding.

EXCLUSIVE: Sector to plot solutions for 'broken' finance system

18/10/2023

Local government is planning to collectively come up with some innovative ideas about how the ‘broken’ finance system could be improved, The MJ has been told.

Chiefs' new professional development framework launched

17/10/2023

The first version of a new professional development framework to keep local government chief executives ‘ahead of the game’ has been launched.

LGA claims ‘so much more could have been done’ in pandemic

04/10/2023

Councils were held back from effectively tackling the challenges of the pandemic by central Government, it has been claimed.

New programme to help councils with climate change goals

03/10/2023

A sustainability programme has been launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) to help councils reach carbon reduction targets.

Council's ‘low-risk approach’ questioned

02/10/2023

A council has been urged by Local Government Association (LGA) peers to take more risks to improve its financial outlook.

Lords block plans to scrap nutrient neutrality rules

14/09/2023

The Government’s attempt to scrap nutrient neutrality rules has been defeated in the House of Lords.

'Clarity' promised on waste reforms

12/09/2023

More certainty on the Government’s waste reform programme has been promised after mandarins were taken to task over delays.

LGA: Section 114s show system is 'broken'

11/09/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) will cite the number of section 114 notices issued by councils as evidence of a ‘broken’ system.

Councils press for more stringent air quality targets

06/09/2023

Local authorities have dismissed claims air pollution targets cannot be met by 2030.

New NHS dentists not going to areas most in need

24/08/2023

Council bosses have raised concerns that new dentists working for the NHS are not going to the areas that need them most.

Councils face £18m bill from new housing standards

08/08/2023

Local authorities could be stuck with an £18m bill to implement new government housing standards, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils told to 'step up' on refugee housing

19/07/2023

The Government has told councils to ‘step up’ efforts to provide permanent homes for Afghan refugees, having served legal notices to quit to those in hotels.

Minister: Oflog won't spot every council failure

04/07/2023

In his speech to the LGA conference this week, levelling up secretary Michael Gove officially launched the Office for Local Government (Oflog).

LGA sets up tribute page for Lord Kerslake

04/07/2023

The Local Government Association as set up a tribute page following the death of Lord Bob Kerslake. 

Gove: Trust councils on waste collection

09/06/2023

Communities secretary Michael Gove has said the Government should not ‘dictate’ to councils on waste collections.

LGA: Social care must remain 'rooted’ at local level

08/06/2023

Social care must remain 'rooted in local government' council leaders have warned, to make sure it is democratic and accountable.

Councils better placed to deliver welfare than DWP, leaders claim

26/04/2023

Sector representatives were brought before the Work and Pensions Committee to hear their experiences of delivering the Household Support Fund.

‘Significant concerns' over regional care cooperatives

23/03/2023

Regional care cooperatives (RCCs) will not resolve the issues around child care placements, councils have said.

LGA moves to tackle workforce crisis

10/03/2023

The association’s executive advisory board heard that all of the LGA’s policy boards had highlighted ‘significant workforce capacity challenges’.

Minister mounts Oflog defence

10/03/2023

Local government minister Lee Rowley told councillors to ‘judge us by what we do, not what you worry about’ as he defended the planned Oflog.

Number of homeless Ukrainian refugees mounts

20/02/2023

Politicians have made a cross-party call to extend support for Ukrainian refugees to prevent them becoming homeless.

Councillors split on solution to workforce crisis

26/01/2023

The LGA’s executive advisory board considered a survey that found more than nine in 10 councils were experiencing staff recruitment difficulties.

Local net zero push held back by Government, review finds

13/01/2023

Local authorities’ efforts to achieve net zero are being held back, according to a Government-commissioned review.

Top awards for sector in King Charles III's Honours list

03/01/2023

Local government figures from across the sector have been recognised in the first New Year's Honours list under King Charles III.

CQC delays new care inspections

21/12/2022

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced it is to delay the introduction of its new adult care assessments.

District concern in wake of finance settlement

20/12/2022

Concern over funding for districts has been voiced following the announcement of the provisional local government finance settlement for 2023-24.

Transformation stalled at unitary's planning service, peers find

19/12/2022

‘Widespread dissatisfaction’ with enforcement has been uncovered by a peer review of a new unitary council’s planning service.

Deaths caused by alcohol reach 'record high'

09/12/2022

Council leaders have called for a 'concerted approach' to tackling alcohol dependency after figures showed the number of deaths caused by alcohol has hit a record high.

Councils could be forced to hike council tax by 20% over next two years

16/11/2022

Council leaders are warning council tax must rise by 20% over the next two years in order to meet ‘spiralling’ financial costs.

Solace Summit: recruitment crisis laid bare

13/10/2022

The scale of the recruitment crisis facing councils has been laid bare at the Solace Summit.

Majority of lead members call for delay to social care reforms

05/08/2022

The majority of senior councillors are worried social care reforms will make council services worse rather than better, according to the results of a new survey.

Record-breaking year for Ombudsman

27/07/2022

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has directed more improvements to councils in the past year than ever before.

Councils call for overhaul of providing secure children’s homes

22/07/2022

The number of children waiting for a place in a secure children’s home has doubled in the past year, new figures have shown today.

Councils bring forward bin collections to protect staff during heatwave

18/07/2022

Councils across the country will be collecting bins, garden waste and recycling an hour earlier over the next two days to limit staff exposure to high temperatures.

Skills devolution to boost jobs market by one million

11/07/2022

Devolution of skills funding could allow a million people to return to the jobs market, new research has found.

Structural change not a cure-all for children's services

11/07/2022

Structural change alone is not enough to turn around children’s services, a new report has found.

UK to take in Ukrainian child refugees

21/06/2022

The UK is to take in unaccompanied child refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine with hundreds already on their way to the UK.

Polluted rivers will stop 20,000 homes from being built every year, councils warn

13/06/2022

More than seven percent of planned house building in England will be unable to go ahead due to river pollution levels, new analysis has revealed.

Councils warn illicit tobacco could undermine smoking cessation efforts

23/05/2022

Council leaders have warned the cost of living crisis could cause more people to use cheap counterfeit tobacco, widening health disparities.

Councils to fund housing for homeless refugees

01/04/2022

Local authorities will have to pick up the bill for accommodating homeless Ukrainian refugees from their own budgets, a minister has said.

Data issues hampering councils' refugee response

30/03/2022

Councils are struggling to prepare for the arrival of refugees due to a lack of quality data, MPs have been told.

New commission launched to show value of cultural services

07/03/2022

A new commission to promote the role of arts and culture in England's recovery from the pandemic has been launched by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Warnings over unmet care needs

01/03/2022

Social care services could be put under further pressure due to unmet needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

Councils urge households to arrange direct debits for paying council tax

28/02/2022

Councils are urging residents to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax bill in order to get the £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

LGA: Youth services funding cut could have paid for 1,000 support workers

25/02/2022

More than 1,000 youth and community support workers could be recruited using money removed from a flagship government fund for youth services, local authority leaders have said.

'Underfunded' adult social care reforms put services at risk, warn councils

25/02/2022

The underfunding of social care reforms will put the quality and availability of services at risk, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils call for local outbreak funding as part of 'Living with COVID' strategy

21/02/2022

Councils have warned they will be forced to stand down public health teams unless the Government extends local outbreak management funding.

Storm Eunice forces councils to close services

18/02/2022

Councils across the UK have been forced to suspend public services, close schools and provide emergency help for rough sleepers due to Storm Eunice.

A third of bus services could be cut without emergency funding, experts warn

14/02/2022

Councils have warned nearly a third of bus services will be axed unless emergency funding is extended beyond the end of March.

Social workers report 'surge' in children with mental health needs

04/02/2022

The number of children being assessed by social workers as having a mental health need has increased by a quarter as a result of the pandemic, social workers have warned.

LGA launches T Level support programme

27/01/2022

Up to 35 councils will benefit from a new support programme to help them create high quality T Level placements.

Council chiefs call for digital champions to help gigabit broadband roll-out

19/01/2022

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to allow councils to create digital champions to help speed up the roll-out of gigabit-capable broadband in hard to reach areas.

Successful applicants of latest Housing Advisers Programme announced

18/01/2022

The 30 successful applicants chosen to receive help to overcome housing challenges in their local areas have been announced.

Gove closes tax loophole on second homes

14/01/2022

A loophole that allows second home owners to avoid paying council tax by falsely claiming their properties are holidays lets will be closed under new measures.

Councils warn funding will be needed to protect venues from terrorism attacks

11/01/2022

Councils will need 'significant' funding to ensure public places are prepared and protected from terrorist attacks, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords

07/01/2022

Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.

Royal recognition for local government figures

04/01/2022

Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have received awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Councils call for extension to outbreak funding

13/12/2021

Councils have urged the Government to extend its COVID-19 outbreak funding to support local contact tracing.

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

01/12/2021

The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

Nine councils chosen for Digital Pathfinders Programme

23/11/2021

Nine councils have been awarded funding to improve digital inclusion, connectivity and cyber security.

Council chiefs warn HGV driver shortage could hit gritting services

23/11/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that the HGV driver shortage might hit gritting services this winter.

New tools maps employment and training schemes

18/11/2021

A new online tool to help councils better understand employment and skills provision in their local areas has been launches.

Councils most trusted on climate change, poll reveals

11/11/2021

Residents trust councils more than central government or world leaders to take action on climate change, a new poll has revealed.

Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets

10/11/2021

The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

LGA seeks urgent clarity on Community Renewal Fund

01/11/2021

Councils have urged the Government to give them more time to spend the Community Renewal Fund, after the announcement on successful projects has been delayed.

Councils warn against 'unnecessary' free garden waste collections

25/10/2021

Councils have criticised government proposals for universal free garden waste collection, warning they are not the answer to reducing landfill.

Council chiefs call for £875m investment in leisure facilities

25/10/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Chancellor to invest millions into public sports and leisure facilities as part of the effort to tackle health inequalities.

Councils warn children’s social care costs will soar by £600m a year

25/10/2021

The cost of children's social care in England will increase by £600m each year due to soaring demand, councils leaders have warned.

Councils call for £12.2bn investment to achieve net zero

19/10/2021

Councils could retrofit over 1,000 homes a day with energy efficiency measures by 2030 with the right investment and powers, a report has argued today.

Councils call for £100m investment in school counselling

15/10/2021

The Government has been urged to invest at least £100m per year to make school-based counselling available to all children.

Age UK warns 10% council tax hike would still not fix care

15/10/2021

Charity Age UK has warned council tax would need to go up by another 10% next year just to allow social care to ‘stand still’.

Councils warn housing waiting lists could double next year

13/10/2021

The number of people stuck on council housing waiting lists could double next year as COVID-related support schemes come to an end, a new report has said today.

Council chiefs criticise Government’s ‘central first, local later’ COVID response

12/10/2021

Local authority leaders have said that councils could have been given ‘a greater role’ in the initial response to COVID-19 after MPs criticised the Government for pursuing a strategy of ‘central first, local later’.

Councils calls for extension of council tax support funding

11/10/2021

The Government has been urged to fund local council tax support schemes for the next three years to support families on low income.

Councils warn local road maintenance budgets face £400m cut

11/10/2021

Funding for local road maintenance has been cut by £400m this year, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services

11/10/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

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