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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Health and Social Care Integration

"It’s important that integration is not seen as an end in itself but as a means to achieving better services and health and wellbeing outcomes, which is why local leadership, across local government and the NHS, is crucial to making sure that health and social care work most effectively for the communities they serve."

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LGA responds to Action for Children research on teenagers' mental health

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to research by Action for Children which revealed one third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health and emotional wellbeing issues.

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LGA responds to Universal Credit delay

"The Government needs to use this delay to work closely with the LGA, councils and stakeholders so that we can provide the best for vulnerable claimants and ensure no-one loses out on transitional protection. "

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LGA responds to call for more money for adult social care and public health

“Adult social care is vital in its own right and we have been clear for some time that the service is at breaking point and in desperate need of genuinely new funding to secure its future."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on babies at risk of harm

“These worrying figures underline the huge number of children and families in need of help and support, and emphasises the colossal challenge facing councils and their partners as they try to address growing levels of need with rapidly diminishing resources."

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LGA responds to government's loneliness strategy

For too many people, loneliness is their reality all year round. They are often less able to look after themselves, which can make existing health conditions worse, and are more likely to become reliant on public services sooner.

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Eight in ten retailers selling knives to children in some areas, councils reveal

Eight out of 10 retailers are breaking the law on underage knife sales in some areas, council leaders reveal today. The worrying findings come as latest official figures show a 40 per cent rise in knife crime in England and Wales in the past two years.

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LGA: Almost £1 billion of European Social Fund at risk of being sent back to Brussels

The Government is likely to fail to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the European Social Fund (ESF) risking the money being sent back to Brussels, with the deadline for the money to be spent fast approaching, the Local Government Association has warned today.

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Libraries helping to combat rise in mental health crisis

“A library of the 21st century is home to a diverse range of services in our communities; it can support health and wellbeing, prevent social isolation and loneliness, provide support to people living with dementia."

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LGA responds to NHS Digital figures from the National Child Measurement Programme

"The UK is already one of the most obese nations in western Europe, with one in three 10 and 11-year-olds and one in five four and five-year-olds classed as overweight or obese, respectively."