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LGA responds to RAC study of road bridges

"Flooding events in recent weeks have shown how vital bridges are in linking together communities and enabling shoppers and local traders to go about their business and they are of critical importance to our national economy."

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Private children's social care company debts putting children's care at risk - LGA warns

Six of the 10 largest independent groups of providers of children’s residential and fostering placements had more debts and liabilities than tangible assets last year raising concerns about their viability, research published by the Local Government Association reveals today. The LGA, which represents councils across England and Wales, is concerned this is placing the stability of placements for children in care at risk, particularly as the private children’s social care providers offering the most homes for children increasingly operate using a private equity model which relies on large

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LGA responds to CQC report on promoting sexual safety in adult social care

“Councils take allegations of abuse extremely seriously and work with local partners including health and care services both to prevent abuse and to ensure the wellbeing of anyone who has been affected."

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LGA responds to UK2070 Commission report on regional inequality

“As the Commission rightly shows, a centralised employment and skills system run from Whitehall is not the most effective way to support people find a job or progress to more rewarding work, something the LGA has long called to be devolved."

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LGA announces launch of behavioural insights podcast

A new behavioural insights podcast aimed at council leaders, chief executives and officers will be launched at the Local Government Association’s annual behavioural insights conference today.

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LGA responds to the Office for National Statistics figures on young people not in education, employment or training

Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board, Sir Richard Leese, responds to the Office for National Statistics figures on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

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LGA responds to latest rough sleeping figures

“We are calling on the Government to build on this by using the Budget to adapt welfare reforms to protect families at risk of becoming homeless, and restore local housing allowance rates to cover at least the lowest third of market rents."

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LGA responds to NAHT concerns about maintained nursery closures

Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to concerns by the National Association of Head Teachers and charity Early Education on maintained nursery closure.

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LGA responds to Dame Carol Black's drug misuse report

“Councils are absolutely committed to ensuring drug users get the right treatment and support, as part of their public health and other wider responsibilities."

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LGA responds to Coram Family and Childcare Survey

“Recent uplifts to the funding rate for providers are helpful, but for many this will fail to cover increasing running costs such as the higher minimum wage."