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Avoid replacing professional displays with dangerous fireworks at home, councils and fire services warn

“The safest option this year would be to give fireworks a miss and find a different way of celebrating, but we know many will want to have a home display. If they do it is vital that they are familiar with the Firework Code and ensure they purchase legal and safe fireworks.”

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LGA - Record numbers claiming council tax support

More than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year - the highest number since records began in 2015.

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LGA responds to childhood obesity figures

“These latest figures are yet another reminder of the scale of the childhood obesity challenge we face and the need for urgent action and investment in public health in order to reverse this trend."

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LGA responds to review of people building their own homes

“Councils are committed to building homes with the right infrastructure that local communities need and are supportive of custom and self-build housing as one way of achieving that.

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LGA responds to government funding allocated for new homes for rough sleepers

"We urge government to temporarily remove the No Recourse to Public Funds condition. This would reduce public health risks and ease the pressure on homelessness services by enabling vulnerable people to access welfare benefits, who are currently unable to do so because of their immigration status."

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LGA responds to survey on impact of COVID-19 on nurseries and childminders

“It is essential that we have enough childcare places to support families to ensure the country can recover from COVID-19, both economically and socially."

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LGA statement: Free school meals and hardship funding

"No young person should have to go hungry and ensuring vulnerable pupils are provided for is a top priority for councils."

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LGA statement on tougher powers for councils to tackle businesses flouting COVID-19 rules

“Ensuring councils have a range of tools at their disposal will allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action before it is too late."

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LGA: Concessionary fare funding being used to prop up private bus companies

The LGA is calling on the Department for Transport to end emergency measures forcing councils to fund concessionary bus fares at pre-COVID19 travel levels, amid concern about its sustainability and the impact it is having on council budgets being stretched by the pandemic.

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LGA responds to CQC report on use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing."