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Girls in Gangs
Comic Relief are making several grants available in the UK for multi-partner projects which can help intervene between young women and gangs, such as providing family-focused interventions and providing support in schools......

Consultation - Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations
The government is seeking views from of stakeholders as it begins to consider how more frequent revaluations could be delivered and as it develops options for change....

Mid Devon’s Land Charges service wins national award
Mid Devon District Council Customer satisfaction award for local authority searches...

Councillors Guide 2016
LGA publishes the Councillor Guide 2016 .....

Funding boost for schools helping pupils develop character
£6 million funds available for character grants to schools and local authorities promoting traits such as resilience and respect in children through activities...

Consultation Launched into Distribution of National Lottery Money
Views sought on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds ......


Councils welcome fall in number of teenage pregnancies

Release Date: Mar 23, 2017

Council leaders have welcomed the fall in the number of teenage pregnancies but have warned more needs to be done to tackle inequalities between wards.

Official figures published today show the number of conceptions for women aged under 18 fell by 10% in 2015 compared to the previous year, while the number of under-16s falling pregnant dropped by 17%.

 Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said: ‘The Government’s decision to make sex and relationships education compulsory in schools, something we have previously called for, will help young people to develop healthy relationships, delay early pregnancy, and look after their sexual health.
‘However, we are concerned that all this good work could be put at risk by the false economy of government cuts to councils’ public health funding, and that the drop in teenage conception rates will be even harder to sustain.
‘Getting it right on teenage pregnancy will not only make a difference to individual lives, it will help narrow inequalities and reduce long-term demand on health and social care services.’