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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 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 Chairman Lord Porter: Grenfell has exposed a building safety system not fit for purpose

"The Grenfell Tower fire has exposed a system for ensuring buildings that are safe which is not fit for purpose. The use and misuse of desktop studies is at the heart of the problem"

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LGA responds to Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care (interim report), published by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

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LGA responds to reports of curbs on betting machines blocked

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to today’s reports that plans to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been blocked by the Treasury.

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LGA responds to ONS report on preventable deaths

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an annual report published today by the Office for National Statistics on preventable deaths in the UK in 2016.

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LGA responds to leaked Grenfell Tower report

"The findings of this leaked report provide evidence around the urgent need for the Government to change the rules so that all material in cladding systems on complex and high-rise buildings has to be non-combustible."

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Councils respond to number of children securing first choice primary school places

“Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 new places. This is a demonstrable record that they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."

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LGA responds to latest transfers of care figures

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the latest figures published today by NHS England on the delayed transfers of care.