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LGA responds to report on child gangs

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report on child gangs in England by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

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LGA responds to children's services funding analysis

“The report rightly highlights that councils have worked hard to protect vulnerable children and families from the full scale of cuts, with spending on children’s services falling far less than the funding available from government."

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LGA responds to IPPR report on the shared prosperity fund

"Brexit cannot leave local areas facing huge financial uncertainty as a result of lost regional funding."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on first 1000 days of life

“Despite facing an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025, councils still spent more on those aged 0-5 than in any other area of public health, often exceeding the amount given to them by government."

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'Lawless' shisha bars need licensing to tackle serious crime and weak smoke-free laws

Licensing powers are needed to help councils tackle shisha bars that repeatedly flout smoking and fire safety laws, and in the worst cases are linked to organised crime, town hall leaders urge.

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LGA: spend on asylum-seeking children doubles in four years

"These rising costs and challenges are contributing to the soaring demand pressures on councils’ children’s services, which face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025 just to continue operating at current levels."

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Local safety net uncertainty risks households facing debt and financial exclusion

It is vital that the Government’s forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of local support to achieving its wider aims in reforming the welfare system and improving outcomes for low-income households.

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LGA responds to HCLG committee report on high streets and business rates

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board responds to the report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the future of high streets.

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LGA responds to park funding announcement

"Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services, and this injection of money will boost councils’ efforts to keep these open and in good condition, despite facing significant funding pressures."

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LGA responds to plans to overhaul waste system

“The LGA has long called for producers to cover the full cost of recycling and disposing of their packaging, and we are pleased the Government has listened to councils and outlined plans to do this."