David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Councils should be given the freedom to decide how best to spend the £2bn social care funding, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said today.
Council chiefs have warned new rules and funding arrangements could lead to local authorities failing to meet their legal duties to protect school children.
Council chiefs have criticised a new amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill which requires local authorities to maintain and report a local safeguarding and welfare capacity register.
Council leaders have warned the number of adults with a learning disability needing social care is set to rise by 3% a year, putting further pressures on local authority finances.
Local government leaders have called for loneliness to be recognised as a major public health issue following a report showing one in eight people have no close friends.
An increase in the number of heavier lorries on the local roads network could see the number of potholes 'spike', council chiefs are warning.
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
The lack of sex education in academies and free schools is fuelling sexually transmitted infections, council chiefs warn.
Councils have warned their advice on where to place excluded pupils is being ignored so they should have the power to force academies to accept ‘hard to place’ children.