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LGA responds to children's commissioner report on use of unregulated accommodation

"It is vital that the Government urgently takes action to increase the availability of homes for young people with complex or challenging needs and provides funding and support to councils to ensure that they are able to give these young people the safe, nurturing homes they deserve."

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LGA on tougher council powers to tackle businesses flouting COVID-19 rules

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement that councils will be given tougher powers to tackle businesses flouting COVID-19 rules.

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LGA responds to NAO report on childhood obesity

“Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and this report is another stark reminder of the urgent need for radical action to combat this."

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Children's social care referrals fell by a fifth during lockdown

The number of children referred to children’s social care services for support fell by almost a fifth during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown between April and June.

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LGA responds to Affordable Homes Programme announcement

“With more than one million households on council housing waiting lists, it is vital that we build more housing for social rent, and we look forward to seeing more clarity around how this will be delivered."

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Third of local areas face secondary school places running out within five years

Up to a third of local areas in England risk being oversubscribed for secondary school places within five years leaving almost 80,000 young people and their families at risk of missing out on a place.

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LGA responds to IFS report on childcare provider pressures

"We are calling on the Government to provide an urgent injection of funding to protect childcare providers at risk of closure as a result of the pandemic."

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LGA AND UCL launch Net Zero Innovation Programme

Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level.

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LGA responds to latest suicides statistics

"Suicide prevention is a public health priority for local government and every council has a suicide prevention plan in place. Councils are already working closely with schools, railway operators, businesses, hospitals and the police to prevent suicide and help those affected by it."

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LGA: Tougher sentences needed following huge rise in attacks on firefighters

Latest government figures show that attacks on firefighters in England have surged by 66 per cent in four years, from 578 in 2014/15 to 961 in 2018/19. The number of firefighters injured following attacks during this period have soared by 175 per cent, from 24 to 66.