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Councils' role in asylum system to be bolstered

23/04/2019

Plans are being drawn up that will give councils more of a say in where asylum seekers are accommodated.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products

15/04/2019

Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Council chiefs call for ‘greater proportion’ of soft drinks levy

08/04/2019

Local authority leaders have called for a greater share of the soft drinks levy to go towards the public health budgets of councils.

Councils defend council tax hikes

27/03/2019

Councils have had ‘little choice’ but to raise council tax to protect local services, the Local Government Association has said, after the latest tax rises were revealed.

Children's centres in 'fight for survival' warn councils

22/03/2019

Councils have reduced the amount of money they are spending on Sure Start children’s centres by a quarter in the past four years, new figures have revealed.

Modern slavery referrals by councils 'spiral'

18/03/2019

A sharp increase in the number of suspected cases of modern slavery is having a ‘huge impact’ on council services, town hall chiefs have warned.

Nearly all councils to build new homes after scrapping of borrowing cap

14/03/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to help them resume their ‘historic role’ as major house builders after decades of depleting council stock.

Council spending on asylum-seeking children doubles in four years

21/02/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to provide ‘vital’ funding to help them support unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

Local welfare cuts leave millions facing ‘financial exclusion’

19/02/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that millions of low-income households are ‘facing debt and financial exclusion’ due to Whitehall cuts.

Loss of social homes has added billions to housing benefits bill, councils warn

15/02/2019

The housing benefit bill could have been reduced by billions if 100,000 social homes had been built over the past two decades, council leaders have said today.

Government in 'denial' over councils' finances, warn MPs

06/02/2019

Marsham Street has ‘an unacceptable lack of ambition’ for local government –  with no aspiration for improving finances beyond merely ‘coping’, according to a scathing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole

01/02/2019

Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

Whitehall commits to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030

30/01/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed Whitehall’s announcement that it is committed to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030, but they urged the Government to reverse public health cuts ‘as a matter of urgency’.

Nine out of ten councils blow the budget on children's care

09/01/2019

Nearly ninety percent of councils overspent on children’s social care last year, according to figures released by the Local Government Association.

Council call for action over number of operations to remove rotten teeth in children

03/12/2018

Council leaders have called for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption after new figures showed more than 45,000 teenagers and children had teeth extracted in hospital last year.

Blue Badge theft up by 45% in past year

30/11/2018

Councils have warned that Blue Badge theft in England has increased by 45% in the past 12 months.

Permitted development rules are exacerbating affordable housing crisis, councils warn

27/11/2018

Government rules to allow developers to convert offices into housing without planning permission has led to communities missing out on 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years, council leaders have warned

Councils stockpile 1.4 million tonnes of salt

26/11/2018

Councils have 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled in preparation for winter, and have an average of nine full-size gritters each, a new survey has revealed.

Residents most unhappy about road maintenance services, poll reveals

21/11/2018

Local residents’ dissatisfaction with their local councils’ services is now at the highest level at any time over the last six years, according to the latest triannual satisfaction poll from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Councils call for ban on 'car clocking'

19/11/2018

Local government leaders have called for devices which alter a cars mileage to be banned.

Councils chosen for tech innovation funding

15/11/2018

The nine successful councils chosen to share £700,000 to pilot cutting edge tech social care projects have been announced.

Councils face half a billion funding gap for SEND services

15/11/2018

Councils are facing a £536m funding shortfall to provide support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), new research has found today.

Over 1,000 children referred to social services every day

09/11/2018

Nearly 400,000 children in England were referred and assessed as in need of the support of social services in 2017/18, according to the latest figures.

Cash boost for councils only a ‘sticking plaster’

30/10/2018

Council are turning their attention to next year’s Spending Review amid warnings that yesterday’s Budget announcements failed to provide long-term stability for the sector.

Councils warn people are not preparing for future social care costs

26/10/2018

Council chiefs have warned that the majority of people are failing to consider how they will pay for care in the future.

Surge in child protection plans pushing services to ‘tipping point’

25/10/2018

Children’s services are approaching the point of crisis following a jump in demand, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils affected by China's waste ban

22/10/2018

A fifth of councils have been directly affected by China’s ban on imported waste over the past year, according to a new survey.

Councils struggle to stop rogue retailers selling knives to children

15/10/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more powers to crack down on retailers illegally selling knives to children.

‘Tis the season

27/09/2018

As conference season takes shape, LGA chair Lord Porter looks at the critical issues currently facing local government he is hoping will take centre stage

Councils welcome report into tougher taxi laws

25/09/2018

Local authorities have welcomed recommendations to introduce national minimum standards for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing.

Councils call for £150m to fund carers’ assessments

20/09/2018

A fifth of carers in England have not received an assessment in the past year, with nearly three-quarters suffering from mental ill health, council leaders have warned today.

Councils warn of secondary school places 'emergency'

31/08/2018

Half of all councils England may be unable to meet demand for new secondary school places within five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Over 100,000 children homeless over holidays, council chiefs warn

28/08/2018

The number of children who spent their school holiday homeless has risen to more than 123,000, council leaders have warned.

MPs support extra adult social care funding

28/08/2018

The majority of MPs believe councils should receive more funding for adult social care services, a new poll has revealed.

Councils call for funding boost after £2bn budget surplus announcement

21/08/2018

Town hall chiefs have called for the Government to provide extra funding to local government after official figures show July's budget surplus reached an 18-year high.

Figures show 40% increase in number of children with Type 2 diabetes

20/08/2018

The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes has increased by 40% in the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Councils welcome possible reform of Right to Buy

14/08/2018

Town hall chiefs have welcomed a new consultation into how they are allowed to spend the money raised from Right to Buy sales.

'New deal' for social housing branded as 'pitiful'

14/08/2018

The Government's social housing green paper has been criticised for failing to provide any new funding for social housing.

Councils warn about jobs 'black hole' in tourism sector

13/08/2018

The UK's tourism industry - which is worth £126bn to the economy- is at risk of grinding to a halt due to a growing skills gap and record number of visitors, council leaders have warned.

Third of household plastics ‘unrecyclable’, councils say

06/08/2018

Local authorities are calling on manufacturers to stop using unrecyclable packaging as research suggests that it is only possible to recycle a third of the plastic used by households.

Whitehall spends 95% of youth services budget on 'unpopular' programme

02/08/2018

The Government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) is only attracting a small number of young people despite hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, local government leaders find.

Councils warn of congestion crisis after vehicle numbers jump by 2.5 million

30/07/2018

The number of vehicles on England’s roads have risen by 2.5 million in the last five years, while road space has only increased by 0.6%, council leaders have warned.

Councils call for tax increases on empty homes

18/07/2018

Council leaders have called for the power to double the amount of council tax on homes that have been left empty between two and five years.

Council chiefs call for consultation on EU regional funding post-Brexit

13/07/2018

Local government leaders have welcomed the Brexit White Paper’s acknowledgement of how important EU regional funding is to local areas, but they urge Whitehall to provide more detail.

Don’t delay betting machine reform, councils warn

09/07/2018

Council chiefs have called on the Government to resist pressure from the betting industry to delay reform of the laws governing gambling machines.

Councils more likely to improve failing schools than academies

06/07/2018

Failing schools are more likely to be improved by councils than academy chains, new analysis has revealed.

National taxation needed to secure social care system, council chiefs say

02/07/2018

The majority of councils with social care responsibilities say that national taxation must be ‘part of the solution’ to securing the long-term financial stability of adult social care.

Councils call for changes to affordable housing definition

02/07/2018

Councils have criticised proposed changes to government planning policy after ‘social rent’ homes were dropped from the definition of affordable housing.

Councils save over £800m by sharing services

28/06/2018

Councils have saved £840m through shared service arrangements, new research has revealed today.

Councils ‘struggling’ with increase in children on protection plans

20/06/2018

More than 180 children are placed on child protection plans every day to keep them safe from harm, local government leaders say.

Loneliness prevention initiatives can save councils £2m, council chiefs say

11/06/2018

National health policy needs to recognise the ‘cost-effective benefits’ of initiatives designed to tackle loneliness, local government leaders say.

Ability to replace Right to Buy homes almost ‘eliminated’, council chiefs warn

11/06/2018

Local authority leaders have warned their ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be all but eliminated within five years without ‘major reform’.

Government commits £400m to remove dangerous cladding

17/05/2018

The replacement and removal of unsafe cladding by councils will be fully funded by the Government, at an estimated cost of £400m.

Councils urged to apply for Housing Advisers Programme

15/05/2018

Councils are being urged to bid for support from the Housing Advisers Programme to help overcome housing challenges in their local areas.

Funding for new peer reviews of children's services

01/05/2018

The Government has announced a £8.5m programme to help councils work together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Councils chiefs call for a ‘residential revolution’ in older people’s housing

01/05/2018

Local authority leaders have said they should be granted the powers necessary to undertake a ‘desperately-needed’ residential revolution in older people’s housing.

Council chiefs get £1.5m to ‘bolster’ cyber security

30/04/2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has been awarded £1.5m to help councils defend themselves against hackers and other cyber security threats.

Council chiefs warn Treasury against ‘blocking’ plans to fight gambling addiction

24/04/2018

Local authority leaders have warned the Treasury not to ‘block’ plans to reduce the maximum stakes offered by betting machines, arguing it will ‘hinder’ efforts to tackle problem gambling.

Councils call for new 'Fibre to the Premises' Kitemark for new homes

03/04/2018

Housing developers must ensure all new builds have a digital connection ‘fit for the 21st century’, council chiefs say as they call for a Fibre to the Premises Kitemark.

Rise in online shopping is damaging roads, councils warn

26/03/2018

The amount of traffic caused by the number of Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) on the roads has increased by 20% over the last five years, new analysis has revealed.

Councils warn ‘life-changing’ care leaver initiative is significantly under-funded

22/03/2018

Councils will only have enough funding to support one in five young people leaving care, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Conversion reforms will ‘heap’ pressure on local areas, council chiefs warn

21/03/2018

Local authority leaders have warned forthcoming plans to change the laws governing the conversion of agricultural buildings will ‘heap more pressure’ on local infrastructure.

Labour council chiefs promise councils ‘ten new freedoms’

20/03/2018

Labour’s council leaders promise to give councils ten new freedoms to build homes, schools and children’s centres on their party’s first day in power.

Council chiefs call for crack down on gambling machine stakes

19/03/2018

Local authority leaders welcome recommendations to reduce the maximum stakes of gambling machines but argue they should be lowered to just £2.

Hospital admissions due to falls set to rise ‘dramatically’ to 1,000 a day

19/03/2018

Council chiefs call for more adult social care funding as research reveals the number of hospital admissions due to an older person falling is set to rise dramatically.

Councils join new alliance to help people report child abuse

16/03/2018

Local councils have joined forces with police chiefs, charities and the Government to help encourage the public to report suspicions of child abuse.

Council leaders call for ‘traffic light’ food labelling to fight salt consumption

13/03/2018

Local authority chiefs have repeated their calls for the ‘traffic light’ food labelling system to become a legal requirement post-Brexit as health campaigners warn of the high salt content of ready meals.

Councils 'keeping control' of delayed discharge figures

09/03/2018

Latest figures show councils have kept control over the number of people being forced to stay in hospital because of a lack of care services, local government leaders have claimed.

Cuts to youth services lead to rise in crime warn councils

05/03/2018

Government funding cuts have served to undermine years of work by local authorities in tackling youth crime, council chiefs warn.

Councils protect residents from 'fake news' and scammers

26/02/2018

Local government leaders have issued guidance to help protect residents from scammers pretending to be from the council.

Council tax increases not enough to stop cuts to services, warn town hall chiefs

26/02/2018

Services will continue to be cut back despite proposed council tax increases, council chiefs warn.

Half of children referred to councils for ‘extra help’ have suffered abuse

19/02/2018

Council chiefs have called for more Government support for children’s services after it was revealed half of the children referred to local authorities for ‘extra help’ have suffered domestic abuse.

Developers sitting on more than 420,000 homes with planning permission

16/02/2018

The backlog of homes that have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built has increased by almost 16% in the last year, new analysis has revealed today.

Councils welcome tougher standards on gambling advertising

15/02/2018

Town hall chiefs have welcomed tougher standards on gambling advertising aimed at reducing harm.

Traffic light labelling on food should be ‘mandatory’, councils say

12/02/2018

Traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after Brexit in order to help fight obesity, council chiefs say.

Councils warn Right to Buy discounts have reached £3.5bn

02/02/2018

Nearly £3.5bn in Right to Buy (RTB) discounts to council tenants over the past six years, new figures have revealed today.

Council called out on bullying and harassment

30/01/2018

Cheshire East Council has a bullying and harassment problem, the Local Government Association (LGA) has concluded.

Councils call for crackdown on ‘Trojan’ telephone boxes

29/01/2018

Council chiefs are calling on the Government to scrap ‘out-of-date’ legislation which enables companies to install telephone boxes without planning permission.

Councils hit out over disparity in road funding

25/01/2018

National roads will receive 52 times more government funding than local roads by 2020, the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted today.

Councils call for permitted development rules to be scrapped

18/01/2018

Nearly one in ten homes built over the last two years was converted from an office, new analysis has revealed today.

Council chiefs call for ‘cross-sector’ approach to fighting slavery

17/01/2018

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘coherent, cross-sector’ approach to tackling modern slavery as new figures reveal an increase of almost 50% in the number of people referred as potential victims.

Figures show 170 children have rotten teeth removed in hospital every day

15/01/2018

Local authorities call for action to tackle ‘excessive consumption’ of sugary food and drink as new figures reveal there are 170 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children.

Council tax has risen by 57% in past 20 years, research shows

15/01/2018

Local authorities have been urged to curb council tax increases after new research found rates have risen by 57% over the past 20 years.

A child referred to social services every 49 seconds, figures reveal

12/01/2018

Referrals to council children's services reached 646,120 last year, according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Councils call for improvement to Apprenticeship Levy

11/01/2018

Councils should be allowed to spend the money returned from the Apprenticeship Levy beyond the two-year deadline, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

No new devolution deals agreed in 2016-17

10/01/2018

No new devolution deals were announced in 2016-17, according to a report which has taken the Government 10 months to publish.

Council chiefs support ‘common sense’ reform to noise pollution law

10/01/2018

Council leaders have thrown their support behind a campaign which will see a person or business responsible for a change in noise conditions being held responsible for managing that change.

Skills shortages reaching 'critical' levels warns report

10/01/2018

Council leaders have called for the radical reform of careers and skills services, after new research shows 12 million people will be unemployed or in jobs they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Councils urged to limit the number of parking fines issued by motoring group

12/12/2017

The AA has launched a campaign against 'rampant ticketing' by council and private parking enforcers.

Councils dealing with 500 child protection investigations every day

12/12/2017

The number of child protection investigations being started by councils has risen at an ‘alarming’ rate of more than 500 a day, according to new figures.

Council funding could be cut in half in next two years

11/12/2017

Councils face a 'cliff edge' unless the government provides urgent extra funding, local authorities leaders have warned - with some services disappearing altogether.

Council leaders call for ‘urgent clarity’ over EU funding

07/12/2017

Council chiefs yesterday called on the Government to provide ‘urgent clarity’ over how it will replace current European Union structural funds post-Brexit.

Planning departments to miss out on £70m due to Government delay

07/12/2017

Council planning departments will miss out on £70m if the Government does not bring forward measures to increase planning fees, council chiefs say.

Councils warn industrial strategy will fail without devolution

16/11/2017

The Government's industrial strategy risks failing unless a bureaucratic 'maze' of funding sources is streamlined and devolved to local areas, council leaders have warned.

One in four battery-powered smoke alarms fail to activate experts warn

13/11/2017

Almost 40% of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year, safety experts have warned.

Right to Buy will ‘grind to a halt’ without reforms, councils warn

13/11/2017

Councils can only afford to replace a third of homes sold under Right to Buy putting the future of the scheme at risk, council leaders have warned today.

Warnings that 60% of council tax to be spent on social care by 2020

10/11/2017

Town hall chiefs have warned that by 2020, nearly 60p in every £1 of council tax will be spend on caring for adults and children by 2020, putting considerable strain on other services.

Councils urge fire services to be funded to risk

27/10/2017

Councils have urged the Government to protect fire service funding after new figures show the number of older people dying in a fire has risen by 22% over the last two years.

Project launched to retrain 100 social workers

23/10/2017

Three regions will take part in a new programme to help retrain 100 social workers who have left the profession.

Councils call for more funding to protect against cyber attacks

18/10/2017

Councils need more funding if they are to handle the rising number of cyber attacks, town hall chiefs have warned today.

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