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LGA responds to Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

"We now want to work quickly with government and partners on identifying elements of the report we can and should swiftly implement, and on planning the medium-to-long term reform process. This must include commitment from across Whitehall to tackle the issues children’s social care cannot solve alone, including access to health services and ending child poverty."

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LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis 

Local authorities’ public health grant has seen a reduction of £1 billion since 2015/16, adversely affecting councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system, including smoking cessation and tobacco control.

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Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children drives cost of care up by a quarter – new LGA analysis

Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children at risk of harm has seen spending to provide support increase by almost a quarter in five years, with an upcoming national care review a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to set out long-awaited reform, councils are warning today.

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LGA appoints new Director of Communications

Nicky Old has been appointed as the new Director of Communications at the Local Government Association. 

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LGA responds to EIF survey on children’s physical activity

"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, and as these alarming findings show, has been made all the more difficult by the detrimental impact of the pandemic on children’s physical activity."

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LGA responds to Fields in Trust analysis on Green Space

"The Government and councils need to work together to ensure provision of new green space can be prioritised in our communities."

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LGA responds to Government's Fire Reform White Paper

"The LGA is pleased to see the publication of the long-awaited white paper, it’s especially positive that government has not said it will make mandatory changes to fire governance, and is consulting on a range of governance models for fire and rescue services."

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LGA responds to National Audit Office report: Regulating after EU Exit

"The NAO’s report mirrors warnings the LGA has made during the pandemic and since about the lack of professional capacity to draw on in key professions such as environmental health and trading standards. "

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LGA responds to Sustrans report on pavement parking

“Pavement parking and damaged pavements is one of the biggest complaints from pedestrians – and not just in London. Similarly, repairing kerbs and pavements damaged by pavement parking is expensive and this funding could be better used to repair potholes, support local buses and provide more suitable parking."

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Cost of living: Record vacancies masks jobs disparity reality across the country

“The Government’s ‘one size fits all’ national approach to employment and skills is no longer fit for purpose. Councils and combined authorities – who know their communities best – want to be front and centre in ensuring everyone has the chance to learn new skills and find work, in good jobs needed by local businesses, in the places where they live.”