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LGA responds to new legal duty to tackle serious violent crime

“We are concerned amending the Crime and Disorder Act will not create the required step-change to tackle serious violent crime, particularly if this is not supported with extra funding."

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Obesity crisis: Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly half in five years

“Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and these figures are yet another sad indictment of how we have collectively failed as a society to tackle it"

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LGA responds to housing, health and safety rating system review

The Government has listened to the concerns of councils and is to overhaul the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System. This will help improve councils’ ability to uphold standards in the private rented sector.

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LGA responds to Action for Children 150th anniversary report

"Councils have worked hard to protect vulnerable children and families from the full scale of cuts, but children’s services face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025 just to stand still and 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 National Deaf Children’s Society report on radio aids

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to the National Deaf Children’s Society report on councils providing radio aids for children.

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LGA responds to FA report on social and economic value of adult grassroots football in England

"It is vital that the forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of grassroots football and ensures that councils are properly funded to meet the needs of their residents."

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LGA responds to the Howard League report on police call-outs to children's homes

"significant increases in demand for child protection services, alongside funding cuts from central government, mean that children’s services face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025.

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LGA responds to HPV extension announcement

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Public Health England announcement that the HPV vaccine will be extended to boys from this September.

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LGA responds to Alzheimer's Society report on dementia care costs

"With adult social care facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, councils are having to make incredibly difficult decisions within tightening budgets and cannot be expected to continue relying on one-off funding injections to keep services going."

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on unpaid carers unable to save for retirement

“More people are caring for a loved one than ever before and without unpaid carers, the social care system simply wouldn’t be able to cope."