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LGA responds to Government rough sleeping announcement

"Proper resourcing of local government funding is essential if we are going to end rising homelessness."

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LGA responds to Terrence Higgins Trust warning on public health budget cuts

"We have repeatedly argued that reductions to councils’ public health budgets is short-sighted and needs to be reversed otherwise they will undermine the objectives we all share to improve the public’s health."

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Response to independent review on Mental Health Act

“It’s good to see mental health finally getting the focus that it deserves. The report makes some important recommendations about how to bring the Mental Health Act up to date and give people a stronger say in their treatment. It’s positive that the review listened to local government and recognises the role of community mental health services in preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place. “The LGA has consistently called for a re-focus in mental health services away from medicalisation and treating mental ill health to early intervention and support for recovery through

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first magazine is now online

In response to the latest readership survey, first magazine is now available in an online format - take a look around and let us know what you think. The pdf is still available to download and you can now also subscribe to an email alert so that you never miss new content.

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LGA responds to Joseph Roundtree Foundation child poverty report

"To tackle the issue, including the worrying growth in in-work poverty, government needs to resource and fully engage with councils to prevent homelessness and support people into jobs to lift themselves out of poverty."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman report on complaints

"It is good that the Ombudsman recognises the significant budget and resource pressures facing councils, and the impact this has had on local services. It also rightly highlights how successfully councils have adapted and innovated in the face of huge challenges."

Sector-led improvement
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LGA responds to new fund for prospective disabled councillors

“We encourage people with disabilities and a passion for change to strongly consider becoming a councillor to ensure local communities are represented by a diverse pool of people, otherwise they risk missing out on the best.”

Councillor development
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180 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children

New figures show there were over 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year – equating to 180 a day – prompting council leaders to call for immediate action to tackle sugar consumption.

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LGA responds to ONS report on excess winter deaths

"The reasons more people die in winter are complex and interlinked with inadequate heating, poorly insulated housing, and health inequalities as well as circulating infectious diseases, particularly flu and norovirus, and the extent of snow and ice."

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LGA responds to Public Health England HIV report

"It is fantastic news that the targets for diagnosing and treating people with HIV have been met in the UK, a success story that could not have been achieved without the key role played by local government."