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LGA responds to Health Education England report on mental health workforce

“Councils have proved how critical they are in providing services during COVID-19, working closely with schools and other partners to provide support to children and young people, but have had to divert all their early intervention spending into more acute services due to overstretched budgets."

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LGA responds to £220 million Community Renewal Fund announcement

"It is good that councils have been given the delivery responsibilities for this scheme. They are at the heart of their local communities and are best-placed to bring together partners to deliver improvements to their local areas."

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LGA responds to warning over children’s mental health care

“Mental health needs to be at the heart of a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, including investment in community-based services, such as youth services. Health and wellbeing should be intrinsically linked to a child-led education recovery plan."

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Councils call for urgent clarity on future of Community Renewal Fund

Councils have called on the Government to provide urgent clarity on the future of the Community Renewal Fund, after announcements of successful projects have been delayed.

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LGA responds to homelessness funding 

“Extra funding to support people sleeping rough is crucial to maintain the success of 'Everyone In' this winter."

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LGA responds to Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee report into local government and net zero

"It is absolutely crucial that councils are at the forefront of the national response to climate change and we need the Government to work in partnership with local authorities to continue shaping local areas and help to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report into supporting those with dementia and their carers

"Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic and it is disappointing that no additional funding to address existing pressures on care and support have been provided in the Spending Review."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on public health funding

“It is essential that councils have the capacity, workforce and funding to stand up locally-driven testing and contact tracing as soon as possible, to be able to respond swiftly to any future outbreaks or public health emergency.”

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on adult social care funding

“We remain concerned that the money allocated to social care from the Health and Care Levy will not be enough to fund the Government’s previously announced reforms."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to Universal Credit taper rate change

“The adjustment of the taper rate of Universal Credit and the increase in the work allowance announced today is an important part of supporting recovery from the pandemic, which should help to mitigate some but not all of the impact of the ending of the Universal Credit uplift."