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LGA responds to youth charter announcement

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to an announcement by the Government that it will develop a youth charter to support young people.

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Response to Children's Commissioner report on children's mental health spending

“Children’s services face a funding gap of £3.1 billion by 2025 while public health services, which also help children get the best start in life, have seen cuts of £700 million."

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LGA responds to early communications skills funding announcement

“Councils are absolutely determined to make sure that children get the best start in life, and it’s positive that some areas will receive funding to provide additional support to families and improve children’s early communication skills."

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LGA responds to Hamptons International Housing Report

"The last time the country built more than 250,000 homes in a year, in the 1970s, councils built around 40 per cent of them."

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One year on: soft drinks levy needs to go beyond the school gate

Children’s health would be better protected if money raised from the soft drinks levy was spent on local priorities such as playgrounds, activities and afterschool clubs to combat child obesity.

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee Report on support for councils to prepare for Brexit

“In the longer term, Brexit cannot result in swapping Brussels for Whitehall. Devolving powers to local communities through local government must be on the agenda and we will be pressing hard for this post-Brexit."

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New register for children not in school: LGA response

“The LGA has long-called for a register of children not in school and we look forward to seeing these proposals implemented as a matter of urgency."

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LGA responds to public health duty to tackle serious violence

“Youth offending teams within councils have an outstanding record of reducing youth crime and making a real difference to young people’s lives, but they are under huge pressure after seeing their government funding halved over the last decade."

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LGA responds to extra funding for potholes

"While innovation will help councils who are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds, funding challenges remain for local authorities to deal with long term maintenance of their local roads and address a backlog of road repairs which has risen to nearly £10 billion to provide better roads that are safer and more resilient to constant use."

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LGA responds to NAO report on supporting disabled people into work

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association People and Places Board, responds to the National Audit Office report on supporting disabled people into work.