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LGA responds to ONS report on preventable deaths

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an annual report published today by the Office for National Statistics on preventable deaths in the UK in 2016.

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LGA responds to the RAC pothole index

“Councils are likely to need more support from the Government as the full extent of the repairs needed after the recent winter weather has been made known, and we hope that the Government will stand ready to provide this."

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LGA responds to leaked Grenfell Tower report

"The findings of this leaked report provide evidence around the urgent need for the Government to change the rules so that all material in cladding systems on complex and high-rise buildings has to be non-combustible."

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Councils respond to number of children securing first choice primary school places

“Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 new places. This is a demonstrable record that they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."

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LGA responds to latest transfers of care figures

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the latest figures published today by NHS England on the delayed transfers of care.

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LGA responds to IFS report on business rates pilot councils

“With local government facing an overall funding gap that will exceed £5 billion by 2020, we remain clear that councils must first and foremost be able to use extra business rates income to plug this growing gap."

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LGA responds to Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Crisis Homelessness Monitor

“It’s vital we move towards tackling our collective ambition to end homelessness outright."

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LGA responds to Government consultation on proposals to toughen rules on building safety

Local Government Association Chairman, Lord Porter, responds to the Government’s consultation on strengthening fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings.

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LGA responds to ONS report on loneliness

"The harm loneliness can cause, both physically and mentally, can be devastating to people of all ages - it is a serious public health concern which studies suggest can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day."

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LGA responds to government announcement on free bus passes

Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Transport spokesman, responds to the Government’s announcement to change legislation to protect the free bus travel scheme.