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China waste ban impacting on council recycling services and costs

Councils are doing all they can to improve recycling rates, which is why 100 per cent of councils collect paper for recycling, and 99 per cent collect plastic bottles. The rising costs caused by this ban risk combining with ongoing and severe council funding pressures to affect other essential local services.

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Health and Social Care Integration

"It’s important that integration is not seen as an end in itself but as a means to achieving better services and health and wellbeing outcomes, which is why local leadership, across local government and the NHS, is crucial to making sure that health and social care work most effectively for the communities they serve."

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LGA responds to call for more money for adult social care and public health

“Adult social care is vital in its own right and we have been clear for some time that the service is at breaking point and in desperate need of genuinely new funding to secure its future."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on babies at risk of harm

“These worrying figures underline the huge number of children and families in need of help and support, and emphasises the colossal challenge facing councils and their partners as they try to address growing levels of need with rapidly diminishing resources."

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LGA responds to Action for Children research on teenagers' mental health

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to research by Action for Children which revealed one third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health and emotional wellbeing issues.

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LGA responds to Universal Credit delay

"The Government needs to use this delay to work closely with the LGA, councils and stakeholders so that we can provide the best for vulnerable claimants and ensure no-one loses out on transitional protection. "

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LGA responds to government's loneliness strategy

For too many people, loneliness is their reality all year round. They are often less able to look after themselves, which can make existing health conditions worse, and are more likely to become reliant on public services sooner.

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LGA responds to IFG public finances Performance Tracker

"The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government, as well as setting the scene for the forthcoming Spending Review to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government."

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LGA responds to ADASS release on community care

"With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, adult social care is at breaking point."

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Eight in ten retailers selling knives to children in some areas, councils reveal

Eight out of 10 retailers are breaking the law on underage knife sales in some areas, council leaders reveal today. The worrying findings come as latest official figures show a 40 per cent rise in knife crime in England and Wales in the past two years.