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Councils call for government to recommit to sugar levy – LGA responds to Cambridge University study into sugar levy

“This compelling piece of evidence shows the impact the sugar levy has had on addressing rising levels of childhood obesity."

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Protecting those in poverty a critical priority - LGA response to JRF report on poverty

As this report highlights, targeted government support does help, but millions of people still face uncertainty due to inflation and being unable to pay rising bills.

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‘Local audit is in crisis’ – LGA responds to NAO report on Timeliness of Local Auditor Reporting

“Effective external audit and clear and transparent financial reporting are vital. However local audit is in crisis, which is a serious concern for councils.” 

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We must shift the narrative on ageing and disability – LGA responds to Archbishops’ Commission report on Reimagining Care

“The Archbishops’ Commission rightly highlights the importance of shifting the narrative on ageing and disability, as well as building better attitudes towards social care and the people who draw on it.”

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Local government workforce shortages adding to service pressures – LGA survey

The significant staff shortages in local government risk having a serious impact on councils’ capacity to deliver services. It is also restricting their ability to help government meet key pledges.

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Prioritise reducing waste – LGA responds to announcement on deposit return schemes

"Councils are pleased to see some further details for how the deposit return schemes (DRS) would work, but need to understand how the implementation of DRS will work alongside other planned waste reforms, such as the plans for packagers to pay for waste processing. "

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Councils need urgent clarity about how addiction services will be funded in future – LGA responds to adult substance misuse treatment statistics

Responding to Office for Health Improvement and Disparities figures showing that the number of people accessing drug and alcohol treatment services has increased.

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Levelling up should be led by evidence: LGA responds to Levelling Up Fund second round announcement

“Levelling up should be led by evidence of where crucial investment needs to go to, not based on costly competitive bids between areas."

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Councils face growing shortages of health visitors – LGA responds to IHV report into health visiting

Health visitors play a vital role in our communities but councils face growing shortages of them.

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‘Cross-government support needed to address skills shortage in culture and creativity’ – LGA statement on Communications and Digital Committee Report on our creative future.

"The creative industries are an important driver of local economies: prior to the pandemic, they accounted for 2.2 million jobs, geographically dispersed in more than 700 micro clusters across the UK."