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Public health services at risk amid funding uncertainty and Omicron pressures

Drug and alcohol treatment, tackling obesity and health visiting are among the vital frontline services at risk of being cut back or closing altogether, unless government urgently sets out public health funding for the next year.

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report into Project Gigabit

"Councils have a vital role to play helping to improve local communities’ connectivity. During the pandemic, communities have been reliant on having a fast and reliable broadband connection to support home working, access to services and to keep friends and family in touch."

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LGA responds to government social housing review

“Councils support measures that help social housing staff to better support residents and ensure any issues are dealt with quickly and satisfactorily."

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Successful applicants for LGA Housing Advisers’ Programme announced

The LGA has announced the 30 successful projects, supporting 90 councils, for its Housing Advisers Programme, an innovative scheme to help councils overcome housing challenges in their local areas, address the housing crisis and meet the housing needs of local communities. 

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LGA responds to Joseph Rowntree Foundation report into UK poverty

“2022 is likely to be tougher than most, particularly for those on lower incomes, with many households feeling the impacts of the pandemic on their earnings, alongside the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift and rising costs of energy and food."

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LGA responds to ADASS Contingencies Survey

“No one receiving services should have to go without, but pre-existing workforce shortages have been compounded by staff absences caused by Omicron, leaving some councils with no choice but to prioritise people in their care."

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LGA responds to closure of tax loophole on second homes

"We are pleased the government has listened to councils and is taking action to prevent owners of properties which are not genuine businesses exploiting the rules."

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LGA statement on IFS report on impact of COVID-19 on council finances in 2020/21

“Councils continue to lead their local communities through the pandemic. Extra government funding and support provided to date has been crucial and it is important that government continues to monitor the situation, providing vital support to councils when needed.”

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LGA responds to Protect Duty consultation findings

“Introducing a new Protect Duty will require significant resource and capacity to ensure that those within its scope are aware of their responsibilities and comply."

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LGA responds to government plans to force developers to meet cladding costs

“No leaseholder should have to pay the costs of making their homes safe and the Secretary of State’s threat to use the legal system to ensure developers meet their responsibilities to leaseholders is a positive step in the right direction."