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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’.

Councils report 'worrying rise' in body image drugs

29/07/2019

Council leaders have reported a ‘worrying’ increase in the number of people using illegal and dangerous body enhancing drugs.

Councils urged to bid for housing advisory scheme

18/07/2019

A programme offering expert advice on how local authorities can best tackle housing shortages in their areas has been launched for the third year in a row.

Council chiefs defend record of transparency in maintained schools

17/07/2019

Local authority leaders have hit back at a Government suggestion that academies are more transparent and accountable than council schools.

Court date set for councils' £2bn tax dispute with NHS trusts

08/07/2019

A court date has been set for the long-running legal dispute between councils and NHS trusts over rates relief.

Councils face losing £5.3bn EU funding in just 18 months

05/07/2019

More than £5bn in regional aid funding will run out in 18 months, councils leaders have warned.

Councils demand social care green paper within ten weeks

04/07/2019

Council leaders have demanded the Government to publish the much-delayed social care green paper before Parliament goes into recess in September.

Councils urged to protect councillors from abuse

03/07/2019

Councils are being urged to take steps to protect councillors from abuse and intimidation in a new guide published today.

Young people face ‘renting into retirement’, council chiefs warn

01/07/2019

Young people today are half as likely to get on the housing ladder than they were 20 years ago, local government leaders have revealed.

Council chiefs warn of ‘children’s mental health crisis’

01/07/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day – an increase of more than 50% in just four years.

Review launched into Blue Badge fraud

17/06/2019

A new task force to help councils tackle the fraudulent use of Blue Badges has been set up by the Government.

Councils warn of new wave in council tax scams

10/06/2019

Criminals are posing as council staff to con people out of money, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Councils warn of national 'special needs emergency'

06/06/2019

Councils are supporting more than 130 extra children and young people with special education needs every day, new figures have revealed.

Dangerous tyres putting lives at risk, warn councils

20/05/2019

Part-worn tyres are being sold with serious safety defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, council leaders have warned.

Councils call for extra funding to tackle illegal knife sales

15/05/2019

The prosecution fund to help councils tackle illegal knife sales needs urgent investment, town hall chiefs have warned.

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.

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