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LGA responds to children's commissioner report on use of unregulated accommodation

"It is vital that the Government urgently takes action to increase the availability of homes for young people with complex or challenging needs and provides funding and support to councils to ensure that they are able to give these young people the safe, nurturing homes they deserve."

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LGA responds to NAO report on childhood obesity

“Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and this report is another stark reminder of the urgent need for radical action to combat this."

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Children's social care referrals fell by a fifth during lockdown

The number of children referred to children’s social care services for support fell by almost a fifth during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown between April and June.


Third of local areas face secondary school places running out within five years

Up to a third of local areas in England risk being oversubscribed for secondary school places within five years leaving almost 80,000 young people and their families at risk of missing out on a place.

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LGA responds to IFS report on childcare provider pressures

"We are calling on the Government to provide an urgent injection of funding to protect childcare providers at risk of closure as a result of the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Early Years Alliance report

“The Government needs to use the forthcoming Spending Review to properly resource all early years settings to ensure that we can make a significant difference to the attainment gap.”

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LGA responds to education policy institute report

“Good quality early education can make an enormous difference to children’s lives, with around 40 per cent of the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers emerging by age 5."

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LGA: Nearly 180 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children

"These latest figures demonstrate the damage which can be done to young people’s teeth through too much sugar intake."

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LGA - Rally call for children's vaccinations following COVID-19

“We really do encourage parents to check if their child needs any vaccinations to make sure they are properly protected.”


LGA responds to Children's Commissioner briefing

“Councils have been working closely with schools throughout the coronavirus pandemic to ensure they remain open for vulnerable children and families, and where needed, councils have delivered vital IT equipment for children."