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LGA responds to a report on change of use permitted development rights

“This independent report rightly backs our long-standing concerns over the detrimental impact on local communities of rules allowing home conversions without planning permission. It provides further evidence on why it is more vital than ever that planning should remain local."

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LGA responds to new laws to extend homes upwards and relaxing of planning applications

“The planning system is not a barrier to housebuilding with nine in 10 planning applications approved by councils. It gives local communities the power to shape the area they live in and provides an effective means of balancing the interests of homeowners and their neighbours.

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LGA responds to announcement of new taxi safety standards

“Current legislation, which dates back to the 19th century, needs to be strengthened following well-documented child exploitation cases where taxi and PHV drivers have abused the trust placed in them. Any undue delay to implementing reforms risks public safety.”

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Spending Review launched – LGA statement

Securing the long-term sustainability of local services must be the top priority."

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LGA responds to schools funding increase

“Councils continue to face immense demand pressures in providing vital care and support for children and young people with SEND and are running increasing deficits on their high needs budgets which finance SEND services."

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LGA responds to data sharing announcement

“Councils need all the tools at their disposal to help with locating and preventing future local outbreaks of coronavirus in their communities.

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Leisure providers rescue package vital in fight against obesity

Hundreds of leisure facilities could close permanently or be unable to reopen without urgent funding which would damage the nation’s health and undermine the Government’s plans to tackle obesity.

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LGA: Alfresco summer calls for smoke-free pavements

"Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and councils want to work with government on how to keep driving down smoking rates for the benefit of a healthier society.”

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on early years

“Councils support calls for a review of the early years system and we are pleased the Commissioner is reinforcing our calls for long-term investment in councils’ public health and early intervention services."

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LGA and UKSSD launch Sustainable Development Guide for councils

“Local government can play a key role in driving a sustainable recovery that meets the needs of local communities and businesses."