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LGA responds to PAC report into DWP support for employment during the pandemic

"With adequate resourcing and powers and the ability to work in partnership with national government and others at an earlier stage in planning provision, councils can help well-intended but often disconnected national schemes move people into work, and keep businesses recruiting."

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LGA responds to latest sexually transmitted infections data

LGA responds to Public Health England’s annual sexually transmitted infections (STI) data for 2020, which show a decline in the number of people attending and testing positive for STIs.

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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."

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Councils support local businesses to take advantage of international trade opportunities

The report, which was commissioned by the LGA and produced by Value Adage with support from the Department of International Trade, finds that nearly 6.5 million jobs in the UK are reliant on our ability to export abroad, with firms in London and the south east having the highest number of export-supported jobs.

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LGA responds to appointment of new Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

Cllr David Fothergill, responds to the announcement of Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy as the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and the formal launch of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

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New issue of first magazine is online

Did you know that first magazine is available in an online format? Take a look around and let us know what you think of its new design. The pdf is still available to download and you can now also subscribe to an email alert so that you never miss new content.

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Rural residents missing out on vital local services due to surge in barns turned into homes without planning permission

Rural communities risk missing out on vital local services due to planning laws which have allowed a surge of almost 225 percent in homes converted from barns and farm buildings without planning permission in the past five years, councils warn today.

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Serious child harm cases reported by councils rise by nearly a fifth

​​​​​​​New figures show that serious child-related incidents reported by councils have risen by almost a fifth in the past year, the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA: Extend incentives for new apprenticeships beyond the end of furlough scheme

"To ensure people can get access to apprenticeships when they are needed the most, it is vitally important that the incentive scheme is extended"

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Obesity crisis: Treatment for Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly 60 per cent in five years

Councils say the forthcoming Spending Review must provide investment in community sports and leisure facilities, along with long-term funding for local authority weight management services and healthy schools initiatives.