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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on lost generation of teenagers

"Councils share the Commissioner’s concerns about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on vulnerable teenagers."


LGA responds to the Government’s return to school plan

"Councils want all children to return to school to continue with their education and we also want to work with the Government, education leaders and schools to make sure the national effort is a success."

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LGA responds to Early Years Alliance report

“Having enough childcare places will be essential to support families and get the economy moving again, while supporting children’s development and getting them ready for school."

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LGA responds to DfE school attendance figures

“Councils have a legal duty to ensure capacity but need powers to open new schools or direct academies to expand. This is the best way to ensure as many children as possible get the places they want.”


LGA responds to £1 billion COVID 'catch-up' plan

“Councils want to work with schools and government to help children catch-up on any school work they may have missed, and ensure as many pupils as possible return to school in September, as it is absolutely vital that children do not fall further behind in their development."


LGA responds to free school meals announcement

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that listening and working together can lead to policies that have positive outcomes for our most vulnerable communities, including children and young people from low-income families."


LGA responds to report on impact of COVID-19 on children and families

"Councils have led their communities through the coronavirus pandemic, and moved swiftly to implement new ways of working to ensure they are able to support vulnerable children and young people."


LGA responds to primary schools announcement

"Councils want all children to return to school but it is imperative that pupils return to school only when it is safe for them to do so and schools are best placed to make those decisions based on their own individual circumstances."

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LGA responds to Children's Society report on financial hardship

Responding to the Children’s Society report which found long-term and sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families, especially those affected by coronavirus, with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:

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Coronavirus: future of early years providers uncertain without funding commitment

More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason.