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Get ready for ban on single use plastics

"We are concerned that some local businesses and consumers are not aware of the impending ban on these materials and would encourage everyone to take a look at the materials impacted by it."

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Recycling centres at risk of closure amid ban on DIY waste charges, warn councils

“For many councils, reducing their abilities to charge for the disposal of DIY waste will lead to funding reductions that will have to be passed on to reduced waste services popular with our residents."

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LGA responds to Education Committee report on school absence

“Good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development, however councils lack the powers to ensure children who are missing school don’t slip through the net, such as directing academies to accept pupils."

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‘Turn the tide of rising homelessness’: LGA responds to Kerslake Commission report

“Councils want to turn the tide of rising homelessness and ensure no one has to sleep rough on our streets, an ambition which Lord Kerslake admirably strived for."

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Uplifts in funding needed to meet demand - LGA on Health Foundation analysis of adult social care funding

“Significant uplifts are needed in funding for social care in order to meet future demand, let alone address the ever growing rise in current unmet and under met need."

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End ‘spiral of decline’ of bus services by handing control to councils

By providing councils with new franchising powers they would be able to keep fares down, increase the number of local bus routes and make buses more attractive for everyone to use.

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Criminals using digital switchover to scam vulnerable residents

​​​​​​​Criminals are exploiting the analogue to digital switchover to scam vulnerable residents who use health care telephony devices into giving out personal information such as bank details, councils are warning today.

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‘Vital government funds children’s services in Autumn Statement’ – LGA on children’s charities warning

“The number of children in need of support from councils is now at its highest level since before the pandemic."

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Delays to planning fee increase continue to cost taxpayer £5 million a week – councils

​​​​​​​Taxpayers will continue to subsidise planning services by almost £5 million a week until the Government finalises measures to increase fees to cover the cost of processing applications, councils warn today.

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LGA statement on Voter ID reports

“Council election teams are often small and so were reliant on help from areas without local elections to administer these changes last May. It is clear that as we approach future elections that this will not be sustainable, particularly in a general election."

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