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Number of children in care reaches 10-year high

New figures show that the number of children in care has risen by 28 per cent in the past decade with the system reaching breaking point, the Local Government Association reveals today.  The LGA is warning that this huge increase in demand is combining with funding shortages to put immense pressure on the ability of councils to support vulnerable children and young people, and provide the early help that can stop children and families reaching crisis point in the first place. The figures show that 78,150 children are now in care, up from 75,370 in 2018.   The Government’s manifesto

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LGA responds to Intergenerational Mixing Report

"With the right powers and funding, councils can work with their residents of all ages, to help create places where people want to live and extra opportunities to bring communities together.”

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LGA announces Behavioural Insights Programme has awarded funding to eight councils

In last year’s LGA-funded trial, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council increased the uptake of assistive technology by 27 per cent.

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Successful Return to Social Work campaign reignited

The LGA has teamed up with the Government Equalities Office to reignite the Return to Social Work programme following its success in 2017.

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LGA responds to new funding to crackdown on criminal landlords

“Councils want to work with the Government to raise standards in the private rented sector, and could do more if they were given the right tools, like greater freedom to establish local licensing schemes for landlords.”

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Bigger fly-tipping fines needed as offences soar 50 per cent

Tougher sentences are needed to deter fly-tipping, which latest figures shows costs councils £58 million a year to clear up.

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LGA: Dangerous fake alcohol warning to ​​​​​​​New Year’s Eve revellers

New Year’s Eve revellers are being urged to avoid cheap and dangerous fake alcohol being sold by rogue retailers ahead of the biggest social night of the year.

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on children in care moving out of area

The new government must provide appropriate funding to ensure the right homes are available for all children in the right place whatever their needs.

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LGA responds to homelessness funding announcement

Today’s announcement shows that the Government has listened to our calls and continued to fund homelessness services

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LGA responds to crisis report on sofa surfing

Cllr David Renard responds to a report by Crisis on sofa surfing.