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LGA: Councils warn of rise in temporary accommodation use since Homelessness Reduction Act

More people are being placed in temporary and emergency accommodation as a result of the Homelessness Reduction Act as councils struggle to cope with rising numbers of people facing homelessness and with a lack of affordable housing for them.


Urgent investment needed to halt decline in children's health visitors

Children’s health visitors have seen a significant fall in numbers and investment is urgently needed to help safeguard the future of our youngest generation.


Children's care cash crisis: children's centres in fight for survival

Families face the prospect of seeing more children’s centres close in their community after figures analysed by the Local Government Association showed councils have been forced to cut their spending on the service by nearly a quarter in four years.


LGA responds to PAC report on children's social care

“While recent Ofsted reports have been clear that the quality of children’s services is continuing to improve across the country, we agree with the Committee that urgent action is needed to make the sector financially sustainable and ensure that all children are able to access the help they need, when they need it. “The LGA has long argued for a stronger cross-government commitment to children and families, and we are pleased that the Committee supports this. This lack of joined-up leadership within government has contributed to a situation where councils find themselves looking after record


LGA responds to IFS report on local taxation

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responds to the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the devolution of local taxation to councils.


LGA responds to Troubled Families Programme evaluation

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme.

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LGA responds to Resolution Foundation’s skills report

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People & Places Board, responds to the Resolution Foundation’s skills report.


LGA responds to National Deaf Children’s Society survey

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a survey of specialist teachers by the National Deaf Children’s Society, warning of a system falling into crisis.


LGA: modern slavery referrals by councils soar ninefold

Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared ninefold in five years, new figures show, highlighting the demands on local authority services already under significant pressure.


LGA: Concerns over £10 million to be spent on National Citizen Service brand refresh

“It is not right that £10 million of government money is to be spent on a brand refresh for the National Citizen Service. This sends the wrong message at a time when councils are being forced to cull vital youth services as a result of government funding cuts."