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LGA responds to IPPR report on digital inclusion

“Councils are at the heart of their communities and making sure that everyone can benefit from the digital revolution is key and councils are trying to embed digital inclusion into the heart of everything they do."

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LGA responds to UCL report on children in care with SEND

“This report provides further evidence around the vital importance of inclusive schools and a properly funded SEND system."

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LGA: Vaccination strategy urgently needed to help boost immunity

The Government should publish its long-awaited vaccination strategy as soon as possible to help reverse a dramatic decline in take-up and protect young and vulnerable people from deadly infections, the Local Government Association says today.

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Nearly two thirds of leisure centres in need of urgent investment

Nearly two thirds of leisure centres are outdated and need urgent new investment from government, the Local Government Association reveals today. New figures, shared with the LGA by Sport England, show that up to 63 per cent of sports halls and swimming pools are more than 10 years old. Nearly a quarter of all sports halls and swimming pools have not been refurbished in more than 20 years. Central government funding for leisure infrastructure reduced by a third over the last decade. The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling on government to use the forthcoming

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LGA responds to Alzheimer's Society report on emergency dementia admissions

“Every pound invested in council-run services such as social care helps to relieve pressure on other essential services like the NHS, keeping people out of hospital and improving their lives for the better."

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LGA responds to Government consultation response to the veterans strategy

“Veterans can face significant barriers to accessing services and tailoring them to meet their needs is vital to ensure they’re not left behind."

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LGA responds to Prince's Trust report into 'looming skills crisis'

“Improving the mismatch between the skills employers need and the support and training being offered to jobseekers is vital to tackle a host of other challenges our country faces, from health and social care to housing."

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LGA responds to CPRE report on new housing design

“High-quality homes for affordable and social rent are desperately needed across the country now, and councils need to be able to resume their role as major builders of affordable homes."

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LGA responds to Commission for Equality in Mental Health report

“Councils have a crucial role to play in issues affecting wider mental health, such as housing, skills, employment, transport and public spaces."

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LGA responds to OFSTED annual report

Cllr Judith Blake responds to OFSTED's annual report on the overall quality of education and care in England