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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.

Council tax could easily rise by 5% a year warn finance experts

06/10/2021

English councils will need billlions more from government and big tax rises to maintain services and pay for social care reforms, says new analysis published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Calls to roll out 'no referral’ early support hubs

06/10/2021

Councils are calling for the creation of early support hubs to allow young people to access mental health support without a referral.

Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts

05/10/2021

Real terms cuts to local public health work against levelling up and the Government must boost funding after years of underinvestment, say two leading health organisations.

Local services will face £8bn funding blackhole by 2024, councils warn

01/10/2021

Council tax will have to rise by more than a quarter in the next three years to cover the shortfall in funding for local services, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned today.

Social care plan 'contains far too little detail' warn councils

27/09/2021

Implementing the Government's cap on care costs will be an 'enormous undertaking' for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Kerslake: Government must act now on rough sleeping

23/09/2021

Strides made to end homelessness during the pandemic could be lost if the Government does not act now, a major new report on rough sleeping has concluded.

Councils able to bid for £20,000 to support housing delivery

21/09/2021

Local authorities are from today able to put a bid in to receive support from the Local Government Association (LGA) to help them tackle the housing shortage.

Councils call for £1bn investment for ageing sport facilities

16/09/2021

Council leaders are calling for the spending review to include £1bn to modernise sport facilities, after warning nearly two-thirds of the leisure estate is past its replacement date.

Rural and coastal economies could see £51bn boost by 2030 report finds

14/09/2021

The recovery from the pandemic could deliver a £51bn economic boost to rural areas by 2030, according to a new report.

Councils warn half a million jobs at risk in urban centres

10/09/2021

Half a million jobs could be lost in urban centres as a result of the pandemic, new analysis has revealed today.

Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

20/08/2021

Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

Councils warn licensing decisions should cover public health

06/08/2021

Council leaders have called for the power to take public health into account when deciding whether to grant licences to protect communities from harm.

Sports funding essential to enable repeat of Team GB’s success, council chiefs say

04/08/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to make the most of Team GB’s success at the Tokyo Olympics by investing in grassroots and community sport facilities.

Thousands of children stuck in temporary accommodation this summer, councils warn

02/08/2021

Nearly 120,000 children in England will be spending the summer holidays living in temporary accommodation, official figures reveal.

Councils call for urgent action to tackle health inequalities

30/07/2021

The pandemic has 'cruelly exposed and exacerbated' health and social inequalities, council leaders have warned.

Residents call for say in local housing developments

27/07/2021

Councils are calling for the removal of permitted development rights, warning they prevent local residents from commenting and objecting to developments.

Girls increasingly becoming victims of county lines drug gangs, councils warn

09/07/2021

County lines drug gangs are increasingly targeting girls and young women, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill

06/07/2021

Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

Councils urged to create 10-20 year plans

06/07/2021

Councils with a ‘credible’ local plan will be given extra powers and freedoms, the community secretary said today.

Councils call for better understanding of lasting impact of COVID-19

06/07/2021

Council leaders have called for funding and research to understand the long-term health and care impact of COVID-19.

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

06/07/2021

Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic.

Councils receive extra £160m to support struggling families

23/06/2021

Councils will receive an extra £160m to help struggling families with food and utility bills.

Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19

21/06/2021

Councils are warning investment in libraries is crucial to help children catch up on lost learning and support local communities post-pandemic.

Call to give councils greater role in creating jobs and training opportunities

18/06/2021

The Government should use the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to give councils a greater role in tackling unemployment and skills shortages, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.

Call for powers to use empty properties for homeless families

07/06/2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants more powers to make use of empty properties to provide accommodation for homeless people.

Eight in 10 councils forced to overspend on children’s social care

03/06/2021

More than eight in 10 councils were forced to overspend on children's social care budgets last year due to soaring demand, new research has shown.

Developers challenge accusations of 'land banking'

02/06/2021

A new report challenges the Local Government Association’s (LGA) claim that the housing crisis is largely down to a reluctance by developers to build and argues that the real problem is a shortage of planning permissions.

Councils set out six-point plan to prevent families at ‘cliff-edge’ of homelessness

01/06/2021

Council leaders have published a six-point plan to help protect vulnerable households from homelessness now that the ban on bailiff evictions has ended.

Councils to pilot new self-isolation support scheme

24/05/2021

Nine local authorities have been chosen to pilot new ways of supporting people needing to self-isolate.

Road funding will be cut by more than a fifth this year, warn council chiefs

24/05/2021

Councils have warned they face a £400m reduction in local road maintenance budgets this year.

Schools to lose £118m for poorer pupils, council chiefs warn

21/05/2021

Funding changes this year could see schools in England lose £118m for disadvantaged pupils, council leaders have warned today.

Queen's Speech: Levelling up takes centre stage

11/05/2021

The Government’s levelling up agenda was at the forefront of today’s Queen’s Speech, but the role councils will play remains uncertain.

LGA: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to be new president

07/05/2021

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been appointed as the new president of the Local Government Association (LGA).

Councils at 'forefront' of climate change action

22/04/2021

To mark Earth Day, the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted the work being done by councils to help tackle climate change and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

COVID passports have ‘significant implications’ for councils

06/04/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to work closely with councils on the COVID-19 status certification proposals because of the impact they will have on local enforcement and other areas.

Councils call for long-term plan to tackle education inequalities

25/03/2021

Education inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic are unlikely to be solved by a quick “catch-up” initiative, council leaders have warned today.

Councils call for public health funding boost

23/03/2021

The Government should increase the public health grant to at least £3.9bn by 2024/25 to reduce health inequalities and protect from future outbreaks, local leaders have argued.

Charity criticises 'small' increase in public health funding

17/03/2021

The Government has increased councils' public health grants by £45m for 2021/22.

Councils welcome boost to COVID Winter Grant Scheme

15/03/2021

Council leaders have welcomed the £59m funding boost to the COVID Winter Grant Scheme to help support vulnerable families over the Easter period.

Long-term unemployment could rise above one million, report warns

01/03/2021

Targeted, local solutions will be needed to tackle long-term unemployment after the COVID-19 crisis, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils call for ‘further clarity’ on easing lockdown

23/02/2021

Councils ‘will do all they can’ to support the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of the national lockdown, but the Government must provide more funding and clarity, local government leaders say.

LGA responds to white paper plans to radically reform the NHS

11/02/2021

Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government sets out its white paper plans to overhaul the NHS.

MPs accuse Government of lacking clear flood-resilience targets

08/02/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed a call from MPs urging the Government to provide councils with the resources they need to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.

Councils warn of 'harrowing' rise in serious child harm cases during pandemic

05/02/2021

The number of serious child-related incidents reported by councils has risen by more than a quarter during the pandemic, new figures show.

The biggest providers of children's care placements report £216m profits

29/01/2021

The six biggest independent providers of children’s residential and fostering placements made £219m in profit last year, a new report has found.

17 councils secure funding from Housing Advisers’ Programme

29/01/2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the 17 councils that have successfully applied to its Housing Advisers Programme.

Council leaders react to 'heartbreaking' 100,000 coronavirus deaths

27/01/2021

The Prime Minister has offered his ‘deepest condolences’ after figures revealed that more than 100,000 have now lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Councils secure funding to help boost take up of COVID-19 vaccine

25/01/2021

Over £23m has been allocated to 60 councils to encourage high-risk groups to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Councils welcome £148m funding boost to cut misuse of drugs

20/01/2021

Five areas across England will pilot a new approach to tackling drug misuse under plans announced today by the Government.

Nottingham plans £100m asset sale

19/01/2021

The council has identified £100m of assets for sale as part of a plan to bring its finances under control.

Nearly 130,000 children in temporary accommodation during lockdown

13/01/2021

Around 450 primary schools’ worth of homeless children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation amid a chronic shortage of affordable housing, council chiefs have warned.

Council chiefs welcome ‘largest vaccination programme in British history’

12/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination plan, but argue councils need more information to ensure everyone receives their jab promptly.

Councils welcome announcement of third national lockdown

05/01/2021

Councils have urged residents to follow the guidelines for the third national lockdown in a bid to stop the continued spread of coronavirus.

Calls to break down weekly vaccine figures by local authority

17/12/2020

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the weekly coronavirus vaccination figures to be broken down by region and local authority in the future.

Eight in ten councils hit by climate-related incidents

14/12/2020

Eight in ten councils have suffered climate-related incidents in the last five years, new research has revealed.

Developers yet to apply for planning permission for over a million homes, councils find

11/12/2020

Developers have failed to seek planning permission for more than a million homes on land earmarked for development by councils, according to new research.

Councils caring for 16,000 more children in past decade

11/12/2020

Councils are looking after nearly 16,000 more children compared to ten years ago, new figures have revealed.

SEND education requires ‘radical shake-up’, council chiefs say

03/12/2020

The high needs system for further education is ‘not working and requires a radical shake-up’, council and college leaders say.

Councils warn about devastation to park services from pandemic

30/11/2020

Councils have warned that parks and green spaces are set to lose 87% of income due to the pandemic.

More than 200 councils launch local contract tracing schemes

27/11/2020

Council leaders have welcomed the news that 200 local contact tracing partnerships have now been set up across England.

Spending Review: 'Risk all sits on local government'

26/11/2020

The Spending Review failed to tackle key issues such as reforms to local government funding, sector experts have warned.

Councils have 'serious concerns' over protecting rough sleepers this winter

24/11/2020

Some councils will face the 'difficult choice' of leaving people to sleep rough or placing them in unsafe accommodation this winter, a new report has warned.

Local government 'must have parity' with NHS on pay

20/11/2020

The chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board says the hard work of the sector during the pandemic must be recognised as the chancellor moves to put a squeeze on public sector salaries.

Councils warn a million young people could be missing full-time education

17/11/2020

’Significant gaps’ in legislation means more than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, council leaders have warned.

Council housing waiting lists set to double next year, report warns

16/11/2020

Council housing waiting lists are set to double to two million households next year due to the impact of the pandemic, a new report has warned.

Councils invited to bid for £20,000 to tackle pandemic-related housing issues

12/11/2020

Local authorities have been invited to bid for extra support to help them tackle the impact of COVID-19 on the housing crisis.

Council chiefs call for culture funding to support people during lockdown

11/11/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in culture, sport and leisure activities as a new report reveals councils spend over £2bn a year on these areas.

Councils call for devolution of National Citizen Service funding

06/11/2020

Only one in six eligible young people are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), leading to calls for the Government to devolve its funding to local youth services instead.

Councils call for clear lockdown exit strategy

04/11/2020

The Government has been urged to work with councils to develop a clear lockdown exit strategy by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Record number of people claiming council tax discount

30/10/2020

Councils are facing costs of £586m due to the record number of people claiming council tax support this year, new analysis has shown.

Councils forced to ‘prop up’ bus operators during pandemic

26/10/2020

Local authority leaders have accused the Department for Transport of forcing councils to keep private bus companies afloat at the expense of local taxpayers.

Counties warn of test and trace ‘missed opportunity’

16/10/2020

Calls for more support for local contact tracing have been redoubled after the national system’s success rate plummeted.

Councils call for urgent reversal of early intervention cuts

15/10/2020

The Government must ‘urgently’ reverse the £1.7bn early intervention funding cuts in order to avoid families falling into crisis, councils have warned today.

Education secretary accuses councils of adoption ‘snobbery'

14/10/2020

Local government leaders have defended their record on adoption as the education secretary Gavin Williamson says that an ‘overly bureaucratic’ adoption system has prevented children finding homes.

Councils offered £20,000 to improve digital connectivity

13/10/2020

Local authorities are being urged to apply for funding that can help them improve local and regional digital connectivity.

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