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Government should reverse cuts to active travel - LGA on active travel cut

It is very disappointing that the Government is set to cut future funding for active travel by nearly £200 million

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Unfunded NHS pay rises could lead to cuts to public health services

Unfunded NHS pay rises could lead to cuts to public health services

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Cities can level up the country if given funding and freedom, say urban leaders

Cities can level up the country, grow an economy fit for the future and tackle the climate crisis if they have the right resources and extra powers, urban leaders say today.

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LGA on Restart report: Devolve employment support to councils

“People’s prospects for better employment post-pandemic could have been far improved if councils and devolved authorities had been able to take the lead, using their local knowledge, connections and expertise."

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Cost of living a ‘second health emergency’ after COVID – councils and public health directors

Local health chiefs are warning that the increase in costs of essential food items and energy has created a ‘second health emergency’ after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Perfect storm for stretched homelessness services – LGA on Ombudsman Homelessness Reduction Act report

“Homelessness pressures, combined with depleting social housing stock and an unaffordable private rented sector feels like a perfect storm for already stretched council services."

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LGA statement on Budget 2023

We want to work with government on a long-term funding plan which ensures councils have adequate resources to deliver local services for our communities.

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Levelling Up: Devolve powers and cut costly bids to realise ambitions, councils say

Costly competitions between councils vying for vital funding pots should be replaced to help realise the Government’s levelling up agenda.

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Significant challenges remain for public health services – LGA on public health settlement

Significant challenges remain for public health services

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LGA statement on Budget funding for swimming pools

We are pleased the Government has recognised the importance of our public pools to the nation’s health, our communities, and the safety of our children.