Local Government Association

Sajid Javid Tells Councils They Must Foot The Bill For Fire Safety Work On Tower Blocks

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics

Councils and housing associations will have to stump up the cash to fund fire safety work on tower blocks, Sajid Javid confirmed today as he wrote to ...

UK Councils Providing Shelter For 120K Homeless Children

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK

Councils across England are housing the equivalent of an extra secondary school of pupils per month as the number of homeless children in temporary ac...

Labour MP Wins Unlikely Praise From Key Tory After Skewering Sajid Javid On Grenfell Failures

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Politics

Sajid Javid has been savaged by a Labour MP after he suggested councils faced a post-Grenfell “looming crisis of trust”. Andrew Gwynne said Javid...

Outside Taskforce To Take Over Kensington Council Services

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics

Kensington and Chelsea council is to have key services taken over by a specialist “taskforce” following its heavily criticised response to the Gre...

Jeremy Corbyn Playing 'Political Football' With Grenfell Fire, Tory Minister Says

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK

Sajid Javid has accused of Jeremy Corbyn of playing “political football” with the Grenfell Tower fire. The Communities Secretary said the Labour l...

Connected, Collaborative Care: People Who Use Social Care Must Be At The Heart Of Our Digital Developments

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Tech
Rhidian Hughes

Digital solutions are no substitute for face-to-face support, but their contribution must be considered when developing support services, not least because they offer an opportunity for disabled people to have more control over their lives.

NHS And Social Care Faces Turmoil Unless Funding Pumped In, Warns Lords Report

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics

A “shocking” lack of planning by the Government is placing the future of the health service at risk, a Lords committee warned today. A damning rep...

Charities Could Lose £200 Million In European Union funding After Brexit

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK

Charities which are “the lifeblood of society” are expected to lose £200 million in European Union funding after Brexit, a parliamentary committe...

'Sweetheart Deal' Councillor Quits Key Tory Position After Social Care Row

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics

The council leader accused of striking a “sweetheart deal” with the Government over social care funding has today quit a key Tory role on an influ...

Funding Cuts To Put Five Million School Kids 'At Risk' As Councils Can't Afford To Protect Them

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

School funding cuts will put almost five million children at risk, with councils unable to perform criminal record checks on staff and manage the risk...

FGM Figures Are Tip Of The Iceberg

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

FGM is child abuse and no girl should ever have to live with the harmful physical and emotional consequences of this terrible practice.

Engagement Could Be The Tonic To 'Tinkerbell' Theories Of Government

David Evans | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Evans

For my money, giving the public more say - and encouraging them to put themselves in decision-makers' shoes in so doing - is a key part of the solution. The more people are brought in on dilemmas the more the present impasse can be reduced - and the more Tinkerbell theories of government can be put to bed.

Call To Lower Drink Drive Limit From 80mg to 50mg

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK

The legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to cut alcohol-related accidents, councils and fire authorities have urged. The Loc...

Councils Slam New Tory Funding Deal As 'Hugely Disappointing'

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics

The Tory chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned councils will have to cut essential services, after they were given no extra cash ...

Lack Of Sex Education In Schools Is A 'Ticking Sexual Health Time Bomb'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A lack of sex and relationships education in some secondary schools is a “ticking sexual health time bomb”, town hall chiefs have warned. The su...

Tory MPs Slam Government For Limiting Number Of Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have hit out at the government’s decision to limit the number of child refugees it will accept from Europe to just 350 - rather tha...

Tory Ministers Cannot Ignore Warnings About The State Of Social Care While They Lecture Families About Caring Roles

Barbara Keeley | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

It is widely agreed that social care is in crisis, caused by insufficient funding in the face of growing demand. Over recent months, Tory Ministers have ignored repeated warnings from leaders and professionals in the health and care sectors about the impact of the £4.6 billion of cuts which have been made to Adult Social Care budgets since 2010.

Tooth Decay Is The 'Leading Cause Of Child Hospital Admissions', So Here's How To Prevent It

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents

Tooth decay has emerged as the “leading cause of child hospital admissions”, the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed. Every day, 160 c...

'Grow up!' Tory Peer Launches Extraordinary Attack On His Own Party Over Social Care Funding

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics

Philip Hammond’s Treasury should “grow up’”and properly fund social care, the Tories’ most senior council chief has declared. In a witherin...

Bureaucratic Hypocrisy Over Foreign Car Fines

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Kitiara Pascoe

Perhaps the Department for Transport and the Local Government Association should stop yakking on about trying to 'tackle' this and attempting to 'tackle' that and do something just about as useful, like giving road-crossing lessons to deer.

Cuts Risk Youth Jobs 'Travesty', Councils Warn

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

Up to half of young people in England and Wales are out of work or under-employed, with the true scale of the problem being "hidden", council leaders ...

Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Young People's Lives Is the Number Once Priority of Children's Homes Providers

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The first Ofsted annual social care report includes yet another recording of the sustained good practice that exists in our children's homes. Providers are clearly meeting what is required of them. Every time the bar has been raised, providers have met the challenge...

Million Youngsters' Job Hopes Blighted By Red Tape

Posted 02.02.2013 | UK

Attempts to get more than a million young people into work are being hampered by excessive bureaucracy and central government control, council leaders...

House Building Schemes Could Boost City Economies

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Cities across Southern England could help deliver a quick boost to the economy if they were given funds to build more houses, according to a new repor...

Britain's Pothole Problem Reaching 'Crisis Point'

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK

The pothole problem on Britain's roads is reaching crisis point, highway bosses warned today. If there were further cuts in maintenance funds or a ...