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Council chiefs call for ‘urgent clarity’ about self-isolation scheme funding

21/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to clarify how already over-stretched councils will be reimbursed for the new self-isolation support scheme.

Councils warn millions of homes do not have a working smoke alarm

21/09/2020

Councils have launched an urgent fire safety drive after figures showed that more than two million homes in England do not have a working smoke alarm.

Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

15/09/2020

New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils 'deeply concerned' about fall in children's social care referrals

07/09/2020

The number of children being referred to social care services fell by a fifth during lockdown, council leaders have warned.

Third of local areas face secondary school shortage within five years

04/09/2020

A third of local areas in England could run out of secondary school places within five years, new analysis has warned today.

Councils call for more investment in suicide prevention

02/09/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in public health to help councils prevent suicide with a locally-driven approach.

Council chiefs announce net zero innovation programme

02/09/2020

Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level, the Local Government Association (LGA) and UCL announce today.

Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

24/08/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).

Obesity stigma fuelling ‘severe impact’ on adult social care

20/08/2020

Weight-related stigmas need tackling to help prevent rising levels of obesity having a significant impact on adult social care, local authority leaders say.

Council chiefs urge parents to ensure vaccinations are ‘up to date’

17/08/2020

Local authorities are urging parents, families and guardians to contact their local GP, school or health centre to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) climate change-themed Design in the Public Sector programme.

Council test and trace teams to be rolled out

10/08/2020

Local coronavirus test and trace teams are to be rolled out to all upper-tier English councils.

Local government associations pledge to tackle abuse of councillors

10/08/2020

The UK's four local government associations have pledged to work together to tackle the rise in abuse targeted at elected members.

Councils call for tougher licensing powers to tackle COVID-19 safety breaches

10/08/2020

Councils have called for a temporary change in licensing laws to allow them to close down premises that are not protecting the public during the pandemic.

Calls for urgent investment in mental health recovery

07/08/2020

Investment in mental health is crucial to seeing the country through the next phases of the pandemic, a new report has said today.

Reforms to fast-track local plans

06/08/2020

Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.

Council chiefs call on Government to help local creative industries

05/08/2020

New guidance has been published to help over-stretched councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils call for adequate funding to tackle modern slavery

30/07/2020

Council leaders have warned children's services are under significant pressure after the number of child modern slavery referrals increased by 1,400% in five years.

Calls for a social care 'reset'

27/07/2020

Social care must not return to the way it was before the pandemic, a coalition of councils, charities and health and care organisations have warned.

Councils call for public health funding to avert obesity crisis

27/07/2020

Council leaders have warned that the Government must reverse public health funding cuts in order for any new obesity strategy to be successful.

Government launches Spending Review

21/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned of ‘tough choices’ as he launched the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Launch of sustainable development guide for councils

17/07/2020

A new guide to help councils engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched.

Calls to devolve £5.2bn flood defences funding

14/07/2020

Councils have called for funding for flood defences to be devolved to local areas, after the Government announced its new long-term plan to tackle flooding in England.

Councils issue warning over £730m of unspent EU funding

13/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of the European Social Fund is at risk of being sent back to Brussels, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Pools, gyms and leisure centres set to re-open

10/07/2020

Councils leaders have welcomed the news that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will be allowed to re-open later this month.

Council peer reviews go virtual

09/07/2020

Peer support for councils is going virtual to help them deal with recovery and renewal as they emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

Planning rules relaxed to support outdoor dining

26/06/2020

The Government has temporarily lifted planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outdoors.

Councils pledge to deliver inclusive growth post-Covid-19

24/06/2020

Councils are taking steps to ensure their communities and local economies are more inclusive post-Covid-19, a new report has revealed.

Councils call for 100,000 social homes for key worker 'heroes'

22/06/2020

A new report has called for 100,000 social homes to be built each year for health, care and other key workers.

Councils issue warning over test and trace scams

22/06/2020

Councils have warned that criminals are trying to exploit the test and trace system by trying to convince people they must pay for the testing kit.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

16/06/2020

The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

Councils predict one million new low-carbon jobs by 2050

11/06/2020

The low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs by 2030 in England, increasing to 1.18 million by 2050, a new report has revealed.

Councils call for tougher action on ruthless loan sharks

08/06/2020

Council leaders are calling for tougher sentences for loan sharks who are pushing vulnerable people further into debt.

Adult care coronavirus costs to reach £6.6bn by autumn

05/06/2020

The majority of the extra financial pressure is being borne by local government, according to new research.

Councils call for access to cheaper short-term loans

05/06/2020

Councils should have access to short-term loans with delayed repayments to help them through the coronavirus pandemic, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said today.

Councils will need £6bn to balance budgets this year, says LGA

29/05/2020

Councils will need another £6bn to cover the costs and lost income caused by the coronavirus crisis, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Councils call for power to close schools at higher risk of Covid-19

15/05/2020

Council leaders have called for the power to close schools or nurseries that have new clusters of Covid-19.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14/05/2020

Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

Councils call for access to data for effective contact tracing

11/05/2020

Crucial data must be shared with councils in order for effective contact tracing to take place, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Councils warn about surge in virus-related scams

11/05/2020

Council leaders have reported a 40% increase in reported scams since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Councils call for more time to spend Right to Buy cash

28/04/2020

Council leaders have called for more time to spend money from Right to Buy sales, as most housebuilding has been halted in the wake of coronavirus.

Councils call for more clarity on special needs duties during pandemic

28/04/2020

Councils have warned they are struggling to deliver statutory support for children with special educational needs and disabilities due to dealing with the demands of coronavirus.

Councils warn adult education services need grant funding

24/04/2020

Councils have warned that emergency grant funding is needed to protect adult education services.

Care home coronavirus deaths quadruple

21/04/2020

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes quadrupled in the week ending 10 April.

Councils call for suspension of academy conversions during Covid-19 crisis

14/04/2020

Council leaders have warned the time and resources being spent on converting schools into academies is undermining efforts to provide enough school places for children during the Covid-19 crisis.

RSPCA urges pet owners to fill out a pet care plan

07/04/2020

Councils have been urged to encourage pet owners to display pet care plan posters in the event of an emergency.

Councils warn bus services could collapse as a result of coronavirus

31/03/2020

Council chiefs have called on the Government to provide emergency funding to ensure bus services do not go bust during the coronavirus epidemic.

Council chiefs say new Fire Safety Bill ‘step in the right direction’

20/03/2020

Building owners and managers of high-rise and multi-occupied buildings are to be held to account for the safety of their residents thanks to new legislation.

Councils secure funding to deliver preventative HIV drug

16/03/2020

Local authorities in England will receive £16m to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.

Cost of school uniforms pushing some families into debt

13/03/2020

Councils have urged schools to take a 'common-sense' approach to the cost of uniforms, after parents warned this was affecting their choice of school.

Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls

12/03/2020

May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.

Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

09/03/2020

Council leaders have warned the number of extra cars being driven on the roads would cover the entire length of Britain’s coastline if lined up next to each other.

Councils face £6.5bn funding gap by 2025

06/03/2020

Local services are facing a £6.5bn funding gap over the next five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Public back local tourism taxes

24/02/2020

More than half of residents think councils should have the power to set a tourism levy, according to a new survey.

Councils warn moves to license hand car washes must be fully funded

14/02/2020

Councils have warned that any attempt to licence hand car washes must be fully funded by license fees.

Council chiefs cautious about plans to offer 30% discount on new homes

07/02/2020

Local authorities have urged the Government to ensure that the proposed First Homes scheme does not come at the expense of providing ‘affordable’ homes for rent.

Councils slam Grenfell's witnesses' immunity request

07/02/2020

Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

End housing allowance freeze to help 100,000 people, council chiefs say

05/02/2020

More than 100,000 people would be protected from financial hardship if Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were lifted to cover the cost of renting, local authority leaders say.

Best practice to help children avoid reaching crisis point

04/02/2020

Historic underfunding and a fragmented system are preventing councils from stopping more children from reaching crisis point, a new report has found.

Help end ‘scandalous’ dumping of child car seats, LGA tells manufacturers

03/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on manufacturers to take back child car seats once they have reached the end of their life to prevent them being sent to landfill.

Poorer areas to lose 'hundreds of millions' under proposed changes

27/01/2020

Former ‘red wall’ areas are to lose millions of pounds under the fair funding review, analysis by LGA Labour Group has found.

Councils call for £500m to upgrade outdated leisure centres

27/01/2020

A quarter of all council-run leisure centres have not been refurbished in more than 20 years, new figures have revealed.

Sector presses for further action on cladding

21/01/2020

Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

Councils losing £250m a year through business rates avoidance

17/01/2020

Councils are losing £250m a year due to businesses avoiding paying their rates, new research has found.

Council chiefs call for permitted development right to be ‘scrapped’

13/01/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that communities are potentially losing out on thousands of affordable homes due to office conversions which bypass local planning offices.

Councils call for new powers to verify mobile phone coverage

10/01/2020

Council leaders have argued Ofcom should be given the power to independently verify mobile phone coverage.

Cuts drive up the number of children in care by nearly 30%

09/01/2020

Council chiefs have warned that the care system is ‘reaching breaking point’ as figures reveal that the number of children in care has risen by more than a quarter over the past decade.

Eight councils to receive £20,000 to develop ‘behavioural insights’

08/01/2020

Eight local authorities are to receive £20,000 each in order to help them develop new ways to change the behaviour of residents as part of an effort to reduce demand on overstretched councils.

‘Toughen up’ fly-tipping sentences, council chiefs say

06/01/2020

Local authority leaders have called for tougher sentences for fly-tippers as the latest figures reveal that offences have increased by 50% in six years

NHS business rates claim rejected by High Court

12/12/2019

Councils have successfully defended a claim for billions of pounds of tax relief for NHS trusts.

Council chiefs warn of ‘fake toys’ danger

09/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned people to be careful of counterfeit toys and suspect online sellers in the run up to Christmas following recent seizures of harmful products.

Councils voice concerns at smoke alarm failure rate

02/12/2019

Council leaders have warned that almost 40% of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires last year.

Councils warn FGM is still under-reported

29/11/2019

There have been 22,500 new cases of FGM identified in the past four years, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.

Councils call for more investment in early intervention

21/11/2019

Council leaders are calling for extra funding in children’s services to ensure they can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act.

Councils make £930m profit from parking

18/11/2019

Councils in England made a profit of £930m last year from their parking operations, new figures have revealed.

Councils warn 'unclear' labelling is hindering recycling efforts

07/11/2019

Councils are calling for a series of new measures to help boost recycling rates.

Councils welcome increase in funeral expenses payments

06/11/2019

Councils leaders hope the increase in funeral expenses payments will help lower the number of public health funerals.

LGA reveals successful applicants for its housing advisers programme

05/11/2019

Fourteen local authorities are to receive funding to pay for independent expertise to help overcome housing challenges in their local areas.

Outdated taxi laws putting public at risk, councils warn

01/11/2019

The Government has been urged to reform 'outdated and flawed' taxi laws by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Local government sector guide to tackling loneliness launched

29/10/2019

Local authority leaders have joined forces to produce a guide on how to tackle loneliness for commissioners, service providers, councillors and others working in the sector.

Council chiefs call for an end to ‘patchwork’ of careers advice

29/10/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to hand funding and control of national skills schemes to local areas as they warn thousands of young people risk missing out on careers advice.

Councils urged to make case for private capital investment

29/10/2019

A new guide has been published to help councils attract private and foreign investment into local areas.

Councils warn about ‘spiralling’ rate of child modern slavery referrals

18/10/2019

Councils have warned the number of child victims of modern slavery referred for support has risen by 800% in the past five years.

Cost of B&Bs for homeless people rockets

14/10/2019

Councils are being forced to spend more than £90m a year on placing homeless people in bed and breakfasts, council chiefs have warned.

Hike in PWLB rate will cost councils £70m a year

11/10/2019

The 1% increase to the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) rate will cost councils £70m a year, town hall chiefs have warned.

Climate change targets ‘unlikely to be met’ without funding, council chiefs say

03/10/2019

National climate change targets are ‘unlikely to be met’ unless local authorities are given long-term funding and more powers, council chiefs say.

Queen's speech: Time to 'reignite the devolution process'?

01/10/2019

The Local Government Association wants more power devolved to local councils, but there's a big question mark at the heart of the policy, says Mark Whitehead

Councils issue warning over toxic skin-lightening creams

30/09/2019

Local government leaders have warned of the dangers of skin-lightening creams that 'act like paint stripper' and increase the risk of cancer.

Councils call for new taskforce to tackle climate change

25/09/2019

Council leaders have proposed setting up a national taskforce with Whitehall departments to tackle climate change.

Council chiefs say they ‘desperately’ need certainty on post-Brexit funding

24/09/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ‘urgently publish’ its plans for a scheme to replace Brussels funding when the UK leaves the European Union.

Councils demand power to tackle rogue lorry drivers

02/09/2019

Councils are calling for the power to fine rogue lorry drivers who flout weight restriction limits.

Council leaders call for Right to Buy reforms

27/08/2019

Councils have urged the Government to reform the Right to Buy scheme in next month's Spending Round.

Give councils powers to help young people into work, council chiefs say

23/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more powers to help young people into work as figures reveal a dramatic increase in the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

Councils save £100m through sector-led improvements

20/08/2019

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year by using the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) offer.

Drug poisoning deaths up 16% in face of public health cuts

16/08/2019

Council chiefs warn that cuts to public health grants are a ‘false economy’ which make it more difficult to provide support and treatment to drug users.

Councils call for tougher sentences for loan sharks

12/08/2019

Council leaders have warned people not to use loan sharks after latest figures show debt advice enquiries have hit a record high.

Declaring a climate change emergency

09/08/2019

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.

‘Tombstoning’ youngsters risk death, council chiefs warn

05/08/2019

Local authority leaders have warned young people not to risk their lives jumping from great heights into the sea or rivers during the summer holidays.

New Office of Veterans’ Affairs needs ‘teeth’, council chiefs say

30/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed the creation of a new position within the cabinet dedicated to veterans’ affairs, but warned it should be ‘given teeth’.

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