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Children and young people

Reverse £600 million reduction to Education Services Grant, say councils

15 November 2016

The £600 million reduction proposed to the Education Services Grant (ESG) should be reversed to maintain improvement capacity within the schools system, councils argue today.

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Health

Councils respond to King's Fund report on STPs

14 November 2016

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to a new report by the King's Fund on sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).

Bus services - new figures reveal reductions forced on councils

12 November 2016

New figures reveal councils have been forced to reduce bus services by more than 12 per cent in the last year alone – leaving thousands of people, many of them in rural communities, isolated.

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Housing

Councils respond to Government funding to accelerate housebuilding

11 November 2016

Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Housing spokesman, responds to new funding for councils to speed up housebuilding on large sites.

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Health

LGA responds to latest delayed discharges figures

10 November 2016

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, says getting people out of hospital more quickly and back living at home will only work properly if councils get enough resource throughout the whole year to properly fund adult social care.

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Health

Councils respond to Appeal Court judgement on HIV prevention drug

10 November 2016

Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to today's ruling by the Court of Appeal on the HIV treatment PrEP.

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Adult social care

LGA responds to LGO report on adult social care complaints

10 November 2016

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Local Government Ombudsman report on the number of adult social care complaints.

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Adult social care

LGA responds to health charities' warning of social care funding gap

8 November 2016

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to calls from the Health Foundation, The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust for the Government to address the social care funding gap,

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Transport

Salt stocks are high say councils as big chill set to bite

7 November 2016

With the big chill set to bite this week, a new survey of highways bosses reveals councils have stockpiled 1.2 million tonnes of salt to prepare for winter.

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Health

Millions of 'unnecessary' GP visits are for coughs and colds

5 November 2016

Millions of GP visits are unnecessary, and for minor ailments such as coughs, colds, back pain and insect bite where patients could instead be helped to treat themselves, say councils