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LGA: Ministers urged to tackle academy finances

"We urge the Government to get faltering academy finances under control, or allow councils to step in and oversee them, as they do with council-maintained schools that face financial challenges."

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LGA responds to IPPR's call to increase National Insurance to secure NHS and social care

“This report raises further and much-needed awareness of the critical need to resolve the long-term financial sustainability of the NHS and adult social care."

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LGA responds to IFS report on health and social care funding

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an Institute for Fiscal Studies report on funding health and social care to the 2030s.

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LGA calls for taxi licensing reforms

"Councils have been making the case for our outdated patchwork of taxi laws to be updated with a taxi regime fit for the 21st Century, and it’s now time for government to deliver this."

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LGA responds to CQC report on managing rising demand in emergency departments

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a Care Quality Commission report on managing rising demand on health and social care services, which is increasing pressure on emergency departments.

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LGA responds to Royal College of GPs call to tackle loneliness

“The potential of social prescribing to tackle loneliness is immense and is an idea whose time has come. By connecting people with local community services and activities we can improve the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people."

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on emergency hospital admissions

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a report published today by the Health Foundation, on an increase in emergency hospital admissions.

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LGA: clean, connected and in-control: what tomorrow’s transport technology could mean for councils

"It is the job of councils to plan the future shape of our towns and cities and we hope this guide will serve as a useful primer to get local politicians and senior officers thinking about the impact on their area.”

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LGA responds to Clean Air Strategy consultation

"If the Government’s air quality plans are to be successful, they not only need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding but also accompanied by robust national action."

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LGA responds to Alzheimer’s Society report on A&E dementia admissions

“To help reduce pressures on the NHS, social care needs to be given parity with the health service and councils need urgent funding to invest in effective prevention work to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place."