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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on school attendance

"The number of persistently absent children from school is very concerning. Good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development and for their wellbeing."

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LGA responds to Government plans to end Friday releases to cut crime and make streets safer

"In bringing release dates forward, this will ensure prison-leavers have enough time to access the right help and support to prevent them heading back towards previous criminal activities.”


LGA – festival season isn’t always fun for local taxpayers because of outdated licensing fees, say councils

As the summer festival season gets underway, councils are warning that because of outdated licensing fees, local taxpayers are heavily subsidising some commercial events and are calling for fees to be updated – a plea that extends across the whole licensed sector.


LGA responds to Government Food Strategy

“The strategy response represents a missed opportunity to tackle the underlying causes of many of these issues, which will continue to be exacerbated by the growing cost of living crisis. Unless the government takes urgent action, its ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030 will be missed."

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Polluted rivers end construction of new homes

More than seven per cent of all of England’s planned house building cannot go ahead due to river pollution levels, with further house building banned in other areas because of low water levels, analysis by the Local Government Association reveals.


LGA responds to Khan Review on tobacco control 

"We strongly support the Khan recommendation that government must urgently invest an additional £125 million for tobacco control to achieve its smokefree 2030 ambition."

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LGA responds to extension of Right to Buy scheme to housing association tenants

The number of new council homes being built is not able to keep pace with those sold under Right to Buy, and the discounts available, along with the funds that have to be returned to Treasury, are leaving councils with less and less resources to catch up.


LGA responds to DLUHC social housing regulation bill announcement

“The vast majority of social landlords are responsible and provide decent housing to tenants and residents, but recent reports have shone a light on the need for continuous learning and improvement to be made."

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LGA responds to DHSC health and social care leadership review

“Moving forwards, it is essential that the Government creates the conditions that allow for growth of leadership by delegating decision making to a local level and giving leaders freedom and flexibility to develop partnerships and deliver locally agreed priorities with minimum regulatory burden."

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LGA responds to PAC report on levelling up funding

“Timely, sustainable funding for levelling up, including the full rollout of UKSPF allocations, alongside clear and measurable targets as specified in this report would go a long way to achieving local solutions to the national challenges we face and ensure all parts of the country are able to prosper in future.”