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Response to government launch of FGM awareness campaign

“Councils are determined to help stamp out FGM from our local communities, and work alongside police, the NHS and charities to make sure we do all we can to protect women and girls from this horrific form of abuse. “We are pleased the Government has launched this campaign to raise awareness of FGM, which we urge to make use of the invaluable work of the National FGM Centre - a specialist resource that can work in communities across the country - to prevent FGM by working with families and communities to safeguard against this ‘hidden crime’ which can leave victims physically and mentally

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LGA responds to Sajid Javid announcement on funding to tackle serious violence

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to announcement by Home Secretary Sajid Javid of a £200 million fund to help target young people at risk of starting a life of crime and violence.

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LGA responds to scrapping of the housing borrowing cap

“It is fantastic that the Government has accepted our long-standing call to scrap the housing borrowing cap."

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LGA responds to Government announcement on funding for social care

"Putting in place the right services and workforce requires forward planning and longer term contracts. Adult social care services still face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care."

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LGA responds to combustible cladding ban

“It is great that James Brokenshire has listened to our calls for a ban on the use of combustible materials on complex and high-rise buildings."

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LGA responds to apprenticeship levy announcement at Conservative Conference

"Today’s announcement to increase the amount that employers can transfer of their Levy contribution is a positive sign that the Government is listening to council concerns around the need for flexibility to ensure the Levy is genuinely effective."

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Local services face further £1.3 billion government funding cut in 2019/20

Losing a further £1.3 billion of central government funding at this time is going to tip many councils over the edge.

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LGA responds to Healthwatch England report on social care and carers

Responding to Healthwatch England’s report into Social Care and carers, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, adult social care is at breaking point. “Over recent years, councils have protected adult social care relative to other services. But the scale of the overall funding picture for local government means adult social care services still face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards. The likely consequences of this are more

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LGA responds to survey by BASHH and BHIVA on sexual health services

Councils are having to carefully consider how best they can spend their public health funding, which has been reduced by £600 million, to maximise cost effectiveness, improve people’s health through better access for service users and ensure prompt provision of contraception to reduce unplanned pregnancies.

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LGA responds to latest school spending stats

"To make sure every school is adequately funded, the Government should provide greater certainty over future funding by introducing three-year budgets, and ensure that the overall level is sufficient for all schools."