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Flu vaccination programme - LGA statement

Responding to the expansion of the flu vaccination programme, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Extending the free winter flu jab to as many people as possible is essential if we are to tackle two potentially deadly viruses head-on and prevent one seasonable and predictable virus creating the conditions for a second, more serious and unpredictable deadly second wave of COVID-19. “We are pleased the Government has widened the criteria for a free jab and urge it to consider whether a free flu jab can also be offered

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LGA responds to DCMS report on impact of COVID-19 on culture and sport

'We have been highlighting the perilous financial state that these services are in and are pleased with the Committee’s recommendation that leisure centres should be given financial support before August.'

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LGA responds to a report on change of use permitted development rights

“This independent report rightly backs our long-standing concerns over the detrimental impact on local communities of rules allowing home conversions without planning permission. It provides further evidence on why it is more vital than ever that planning should remain local."

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LGA responds to new laws to extend homes upwards and relaxing of planning applications

“The planning system is not a barrier to housebuilding with nine in 10 planning applications approved by councils. It gives local communities the power to shape the area they live in and provides an effective means of balancing the interests of homeowners and their neighbours.

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LGA responds to announcement of new taxi safety standards

“Current legislation, which dates back to the 19th century, needs to be strengthened following well-documented child exploitation cases where taxi and PHV drivers have abused the trust placed in them. Any undue delay to implementing reforms risks public safety.”

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Spending Review launched – LGA statement

Securing the long-term sustainability of local services must be the top priority."

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LGA responds to schools funding increase

“Councils continue to face immense demand pressures in providing vital care and support for children and young people with SEND and are running increasing deficits on their high needs budgets which finance SEND services."

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LGA responds to data sharing announcement

“Councils need all the tools at their disposal to help with locating and preventing future local outbreaks of coronavirus in their communities.

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Leisure providers rescue package vital in fight against obesity

Hundreds of leisure facilities could close permanently or be unable to reopen without urgent funding which would damage the nation’s health and undermine the Government’s plans to tackle obesity.

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LGA: Alfresco summer calls for smoke-free pavements

"Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and councils want to work with government on how to keep driving down smoking rates for the benefit of a healthier society.”