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LGA responds to Age UK analysis of unpaid carers aged over 80

“Unpaid caring can be extremely rewarding but we know it can also be a real strain – emotionally, physically and financially, which is why councils are committed to doing all they can to support them."

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Lives at risk from unlicensed festive lifts, councils warn

Party-goers should avoid using unlicensed cabs and illegal commercial “lifts” offered on social media, which could put their lives at risk, councils urge today in safety guidance issued for the festive season.

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LGA responds to Action for Children report on youth carers

Cllr Judith Blake responds to the Action for Children report on youth carers feeling lonely and stressed over the Christmas period.

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LGA responds to the Queen's Speech

“While much of the immediate business for the Government will be around Brexit, it should not delay in delivering a long-term funding solution which secures the future of adult social care, alongside reform of children’s social care."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to education funding announcement

“The Government’s announcement of an increase in schools budgets by £7.1 billion will help give certainty up to 2023, and an additional £780 million for council high needs budgets to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for next year is good news."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to business rates announcements

“The newly announced retail discounts will provide support for high street businesses and pubs, but it is crucial that in line with normal government practice, councils are fully funded for this loss of extremely important income."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to exported waste announcement

“We are keen to work with government and the waste industry to consider the impact of this ban, which will lead to new costs for councils as it will restrict where they can send recyclable material."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to national skills fund announcement

“Councils are uniquely placed to ensure communities benefit from the skills our country needs and maximise the opportunities of improving our skills and employment system."

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LGA responds to latest homelessness statistics

“Behind every instance of homelessness lies an individual tragedy and councils want to work with the new government to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support those affected.

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LGA responds to General Election result

“Councils look forward to working with the new government to help deliver on the key issues and opportunities which lie ahead and on our shared ambitions for our communities."