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LGA - Offices left empty by COVID-19 could result in surge in substandard home conversions

More than 16,000 affordable homes could have been lost in England in the past five years as a result of offices converted into homes under permitted development rights.

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LGA: Councils battling 20,000 fly-tipping incidents a week

Latest fly-tipping statistics for England 2019/20 show that local authorities were forced to clear up just under 1 million (976,000) fly-tipping incidents, from tarmac and asbestos, to tyres and even a boat.

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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

“It is good the Government continues to support councils with this latest round of funding to tackle rough sleeping."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on health and care reform white paper

"A clear timeline is urgently needed from government on when concrete proposals will be brought forward."

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Council employees’ pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 1.50 per cent from 1 April 2021.

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2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year announced

Karla Overington, Business Administration Apprentice at West Sussex County Council has been named as the 2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year.

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on variant of concern originating in India

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening on the variant of concern originating in India, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “As the Prime Minister said at his press conference this evening, the new variant is a worrying development and we all need to play our part in ensuring we limit any further transmission. “Councils and their communities, local NHS colleagues and national Government have worked hard to get us to this point and I would urge everyone to listen to local advice to ensure we all do the right things to keep our

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LGA responds to new figures for children and young people on education, health and care plans

"All children, including those with SEND, will undoubtedly need additional support in the coming weeks and months due to the impact of the pandemic".

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LGA responds to Ofsted report on supporting SEND in mainstream schools

“It is good that this research recognises that multi-agency support for pupils with SEND often complements the support offered by schools. However, the continued rise in demand for overall and new education, health and care (EHC) plans remains a pressing issue for councils as they strive to provide every child with the best possible support to meet their needs."

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LGA responds to Sport England’s Year 1 Implementation Plan of their Uniting the Movement strategy

“This is an exciting implementation plan that will enable people to return to the activities they most enjoy while partners and providers receive the necessary support to rebuild from the pandemic."