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LGA to hit back at proposed council tax restrictions

The Local Government Association (LGA) is to fight proposals to restrict council tax rises to 2% without the holding of a referendum.

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Emergency planning training needs to be improved as we face more frequent extreme weather conditions, Rotherham MBC’s assistant chief executive has said.

Housing association adds up its social value

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Unlock potential of social workers through self-management, report argues

A new report has called for a radical reduction in middle management to boost the time social workers spend with families.

Steep rise in unaccompanied children aged 14-17 seeking asylum

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