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Wembley Stadium under blue skies during the opening game of the Euros 2020

Councils wish England luck ahead of Euro 2022 final

“On behalf of councils in England, I’d like to wish Sarina Wiegman and the England Women’s football team the best of luck in their Euro 2022 Final against Germany at Wembley on Sunday."

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LGA responds to quarterly homelessness statistics

"Collaboration between central government, councils and housing providers to offer a more supportive approach to recovery and arrears is essential."

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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on social care

We have been calling for higher pay for social care staff for many years, to guarantee workers get properly compensated for the critical work that they do and to retain and encourage more talent into the workforce. Social care certainly does need a “rescue package” to deliver an increase in pay for staff, a long-term workforce plan, increased overall investment in adult social care.

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LGA responds to latest £150 council tax rebate figures

The LGA responds to latest council tax rebate figures showing that nearly 80 per cent of eligible households have received the Government's £150 rebate.

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LGA responds to Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman annual review

“Local government is one of the most trusted parts of the public sector with polling consistently showing high satisfaction rates. Councils are always striving to do the best for their residents and deliver first class services.”

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Council employees’ pay offer announced

“Council employees have been offered a pay increase of £1,925 from 1 April 2022. For the lowest paid (currently earning £18,333 per annum), the offer equates to an increase of 10.5 per cent."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Select Committee workforce report

“The social care workforce is under considerable pressure and one of the biggest challenges and priorities for councils is ensuring we have a workforce fit for both the here and now and the future."

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Number of children waiting for secure children’s home place doubles in a year

The number of children in England waiting for a place in a secure children’s home (SCH) has doubled in a year, new figures show, underlining the urgent need for the Government to tackle the severe lack of provision that supports some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.

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LGA responds to Government’s water pollution plans

Commenting on the Government’s plans to tackle water pollution, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association Environment spokesperson said: “Councils want safe, clean, thriving natural environments alongside the sustainable development of housing, growth and jobs. “It is important to strike the balance between ensuring councils can provide new homes for local people alongside protecting our environment such as our rivers. Councils have always been clear that limiting new developments alone will not be enough to improve the state of English rivers. Our recent research found 17,000 homes

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LGA responds to Women’s Health Strategy

This strategy presents an opportunity to address and improve women’s health, making sure all women’s voices are heard and inequalities are understood and addressed. However, long term sustainable funding and a real terms increase in the public health budget are required.