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LGA responds to Committee's report on children's mental health green paper

“As a starting point, we want to see councils and schools given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling so pupils have access to support as and when they need it.”

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LGA responds to report on adult social care workforce

"This report lays bare the stark facts behind the adult social care crisis which is of increasing concern for the entire sector and cannot be ignored by the Government."

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LGA responds to VODG survey on sleep-in costs paid to carers

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a survey published today by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, which reveals that nearly 70 per cent of the disability care sector is threatened by the liability for sleep-in costs paid to carers.

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LGA responds to modern slavery report

"Councils will not tolerate the exploitation of people in their communities and are committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society."

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LGA responds to report on spending reductions in councils' public health services

"These findings are not unexpected. Despite budget reductions, councils are determined to maintain vital public health services to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives, but the reality is that many local authorities are having to make difficult decisions on these key services, including stopping them altogether."

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LGA responds to Centrepoint report on young people and homelessness

Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Housing spokesman, responds to Centrepoint’s report on Young People and Homelessness.

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LGA responds to ONS report on UK's alcohol drinking habits

"Councils are committed to ensuring that those that need help with alcohol misuse get the right support and treatment."

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LGA responds to review of Mental Health Act

"It’s good to see mental health finally getting the attention and profile that it deserves and this report has rightly focused on the input of people who have been directly affected by the Act."

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LGA responds to report on 30 hours free childcare

"Councils are committed to ensuring that parents have access to high quality, flexible childcare so that all children get the best start in life."

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LGA responds to APPG report on older people's housing in rural areas

“Councils want to see a desperately-needed residential revolution in older people’s housing. However, they need to have the tools to build these appropriate homes, including the freedom to borrow to build new homes across the country, fully resourced planning teams so approvals can be given to appropriate homes as quickly as possible, and allowed to retain 100 per cent of receipts from Right to Buy sales so that homes sold can be replaced."