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LGA: Cross-government strategy needed for children and young people

“Our young people will feel the impact of the pandemic for many years to come and it will be more important than ever to make sure that the right approaches are taken to help families."

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LGA responds to the Government's new Health Incentive Programme

“Leisure centres play a key role in supporting the recovery of the nation; enabling active lives and tackling health inequalities through the provision of safe, low cost facilities.”

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Councils wish England luck ahead of Euro 2020 Wembley final

“Hopefully, Sunday’s game brings us all the result we want and football does, finally, come home.”

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Social care reform timetable should be set out in next fortnight, councils say to new Health Secretary ahead of conference speech

It is vital that reforms provide long term sustainable funding that grows in line with demand for support, as well as investment to tackle the funding gap between the cost of providing care and what councils pay.

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LGA: More girls being recruited and horrifically abused by county lines drug gangs

Girls and young women are being deliberately and increasingly recruited into drug-dealing ‘county lines’ gangs and subjected to horrific acts of sexual violence, the Local Government Association warns today.

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LGA responds to Dame Carol Black report on drugs prevention, treatment and recovery services

"Investing in drug prevention and treatment now will reap benefits for everyone longer-term, including for the NHS, criminal justice and other public services."

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LGA: Children need to be at heart of national recovery

“The pandemic has taken its toll on children and young people, including their education and social routines, but this disruption has been worse for those with special educational needs and disabilities"

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LGA responds to publication of Health and Care Bill

"Councils broadly support the Bill’s focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the population and the duty of bodies to have regard to this in making decisions. We are strongly in favour of the duty to engage with patients, carers and representatives and hope and expect that there will be further guidance to help bring this to fruition."

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Long Covid: Councils set out need for plan, funding and research on long-term health and care impact

COVID-19’s expected long-term health impact needs to be recognised in future public health and social care planning.

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the impact of COVID-19

"Coronavirus has starkly exposed and widened existing health inequalities and this report is another important reminder of the need to prioritise public health in our attempts to build back better from the pandemic."