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Public 'the first line of defence' to tackle modern slavery amid rise in potential victims

Members of the public are the “first line of defence” in tackling modern slavery, and should be aware of the potential to come across modern slavery in their everyday lives, councils are warning today.

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Gritters readied for big freeze and snowfall

Council leaders are encouraging residents to check in on any elderly or vulnerable neighbours to make sure they’re not suffering in silence and have everything they need during the freezing weather.

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LGA responds to report on stop smoking services

“We urge ASH and Cancer Research UK to join our call for reductions in councils’ public health budgets to be reversed so stop smoking services can be offered to all those who need them, and to avoid greater pressure from being placed on already overstretched local services."

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Local Government Association statement: Carillion

“A relatively small number of councils are affected by the collapse of Carillion. They have been monitoring the situation closely and are implementing contingency plans to keep services running as normally as possible."

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LGA responds to Government announcement to tackle illegal waste

“Clearing up fly-tipping costs councils more than £57 million a year – money that could be spent on other services, like caring for the elderly, protecting children or tackling homelessness."

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170 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children

“There must be a reinvestment in innovative oral health education so that parents and children understand the impact of sugar on teeth and the importance of a good oral hygiene regime."

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A child is referred to children's services every 49 seconds, councils warn

“The Government has been warned repeatedly that ongoing funding cuts, including the £2billion gap that councils face by 2020, have left them struggling to provide the support that vulnerable children and families need."

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LGA responds to new Wildlife Trusts guidelines

“Councils are committed to seeing housing developments that protect and enhance the natural environment and enable wildlife habitats to thrive and flourish."

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Latest delayed transfers of care figures – LGA response

“Councils will continue to work closely with their NHS partners locally but the Government needs to recognise that delayed transfers of care are a symptom of pressures across the whole health and care system, not their cause."

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LGA responds to launch of new housing agency

“Councils must be part of the solution to our chronic housing shortage and able to resume their historic role as a major builder of affordable homes."