Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement by the Gambling Commission and Advertising Standards Authority that they will initiate a crackdown on child gambling advertising.
"The number of investigations undertaken in this report is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Education, Health and Care Plans developed by councils to support children and young people with SEND. The report rightly highlights that despite these complaints, two thirds of parents have said they are happy with the support they are being provided by their councils."
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the latest childhood obesity figures published by NHS Digital showing that obesity prevalence has continued to increase in the last year.
“We have long warned that inadequate funding for local government has a knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector, which are often left to pick up the pieces of councils being forced to scale back services.
“As this report makes clear, one example of this false economy is money being pumped into the NHS while councils receive less social care and public health funding. These services are essential to help people live independently in their communities and reduce demand on the NHS by actually preventing them from needing to go into hospital in the first place.
“Councils face an overal
More funding is needed by councils to ensure their computer systems, infrastructure and the personal data they collect and manage remains protected from crippling cyber attacks which have risen by 52 per cent against UK businesses, the Local Government Association (LGA) urged today.