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LGA responds to Action for Children report on domestic abuse

“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously which is why we support further measures to improve work with local partners to help support more victims and stop this horrendous crime."

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30 years of Children's Act: next government needs to invest in children's services

The next government needs to invest in children’s services so councils can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act, the Local Government Association says as it marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark legislation. The 1989 Act puts children at the centre of any decisions made that affects them, with councils given the role of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. In the same year the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child set out the rights a child is entitled to and how adults and governments must work together to make that happen.  At the National Children and Adult

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LGA responds to the children's society's report on mental health

“Councils want to be in a position to help every child become resilient and mentally well."

#OurDay 2019

Councils participate in 24-hour social media celebration showcasing vital local government services

#OurDay highlights how local authorities are keeping valued services running, as well as developing innovative schemes to improve the daily lives for their residents.

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LGA responds to social prescribing research

“Locally-led, targeted interventions and facilities, such as museums, libraries, leisure centres and parks, have a major role to play in helping communities to become creative and physically active."

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LGA responds to RAC Foundation report on parking income

“Councils are on the side of motorists and shoppers when setting parking policies, which aim to make sure that there are spaces available for residents, high streets are kept vibrant and traffic is kept moving."

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Child abuse linked to faith and belief rises by a third, councils reveal

“Councils are determined to tackle the practice of FGM and work with partner organisations to do everything possible to protect and support children and young people."

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LGA responds to Sustain report on junk food planning policies

“Numerous councils have set curbs on new fast food outlets but need planning powers to tackle the clustering of existing takeaways already open."

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LGA responds to Citizens Advice council tax report

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responds to the report by Citizens Advice on council tax collection practices.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on unmet care needs

“Reforming and improving our adult social care and support system will help keep our population living healthier, longer and more independently without the need for using social care services, which are under constant pressure from rising costs and demand."