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LGA: Biggest increase in children on child protection plans in four years

Council leaders say these figures prove why it is vital the Chancellor announces new funding for children’s services in Monday’s Autumn Budget.

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Majority of people unprepared for adult social care costs

Only 15 per cent of adults say they are making plans for how they will pay for care they might need in the future.

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Future of maintained nurseries and support for children with special needs at risk - LGA survey

“This provision is now under threat unless government commits to an extra year of funding in 2020/21 as part of wider work to find a long-term sustainable funding solution in the Spending Review."

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LGA responds to survey by the Care and Support Alliance

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to survey by the Care and Support Alliance.

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LGA responds to analysis by The Health Foundation on public health services

"Early intervention and prevention work by councils to tackle teenage pregnancy, child obesity, physical inactivity, sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse, is vital to improve the public’s health."

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LGA responds to report on planning new housing developments

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, responds to a report by Transport for New Homes on planning new housing developments.

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LGA responds to NAO report on the UK border

"To enable effective planning and implementation, it’s vital that councils are given extra resources, in the same way as the Border Force, Competition and Markets Authority, Food Standards Agency and others have been, and that all relevant councils are involved in the planning process."

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LGA responds to children's organisations call for Government to fund children's services

“This is a compelling demonstration of the grave concerns shared across the sector as funding cuts increasingly leave services struggling to provide the care and support that thousands of children and families rely on."

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LGA responds to Home Affairs Committee 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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China waste ban impacting on council recycling services and costs

Councils are doing all they can to improve recycling rates, which is why 100 per cent of councils collect paper for recycling, and 99 per cent collect plastic bottles. The rising costs caused by this ban risk combining with ongoing and severe council funding pressures to affect other essential local services.