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NHS Digital carers survey - LGA response

“The findings of this report and the link between financial problems caused by caring, and social isolation, highlight the need for government to set out how it will address the needs of carers in its long-awaited Carers Strategy."

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Sexual health services at tipping point warn councils

Patients could have to wait longer for sexual health services with visits to clinics up by 25 per cent in five years at the same time as funding for councils to provide vital public health services has been cut.

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Response to the latest drug-related deaths figures

"Councils are committed to ensuring drug users get the right support and treatment, and spend more on drug and alcohol treatment than in any other area of public health. This year alone, local authorities are budgeting to spend more than £700 million on tackling substance misuse."

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LGA responds to latest fire safety test results on cladding and insulation

“Councils will continue to get on with what they need to do to ensure people are safe in their homes. This includes replacing materials on high-rise blocks affected by these fire safety tests."

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Funding boosts for local authorities to transform local communities and release land for new homes

The Government has today launched a £54 million package to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes. This comes as part of a new cross-government partnership to make smarter use of government-owned property.

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LGA responds to DfT funding announcement

“This funding, and recent government announcements pledging more money for local roads is positive, but has to be viewed in the context that councils face a £12 billion roads repair backlog bill."

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LGA unveils Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association has today unveiled the Housing Advisers Programme – a new scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges.

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LGA chairman, Lord Porter's keynote address to the LGA Annual Conference

Lord Porter addresses more than 1,200 local government leaders, councillors and ministers in his keynote speech at the LGA’s Annual Conference.

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Bus passenger journeys fall to lowest level in a decade, councils warn

The number of people using buses in England each year has fallen to its lowest level in a decade.

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Councils worked quickly to send cladding samples for testing - LGA

“Councils have worked quickly to check cladding on tower blocks where they are the landlord and send samples for independent testing."