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LGA responds to new Government proposals for Local Enterprise Partnerships

"The best local partnerships are created bottom-up and driven by local partners that have the economic well-being of their local communities at the heart of what they do."

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LGA responds to Which? report on unidentifiable fire risk appliances

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to to research by Which? on the increasing number of appliances that cause fires in homes and which cannot be identified.

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LGA responds to children's mental health green paper consultation response

"We need to develop a system that says yes to all children and young people, rather than no, when they ask for help. Children and their families need help and support right now - depression, anxiety, bereavement, and family crises do not wait."

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LGA responds to Government announcement on funding from EU programmes

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA's Brexit Taskforce responds to the Government’s announcement on funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020.

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LGA responds to government announcement on changes to national planning policy framework

“It is positive to see social rent retained in the definition of affordable housing – as called for by the LGA - although the definition should be clearer in separating social rent from ‘affordable’ rent which is often not accessible for people on lower incomes."

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LGA responds to 2019/20 Local Government Finance consultation

"Those affected will be pleased that the Government is taking steps to address this issue next year. The LGA will be encouraging all our member councils to respond to this consultation. "

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LGA responds to future telecoms infrastructure review

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, responds to the recommendations set out by government in its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.

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Heatwave: bathers warned of drowning risk following recent deaths

"Councils want to make sure everyone is safe around water, which is why we are urging people to follow our advice to be careful and vigilant to the dangers."

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LGA responds to Government vision for fostering and children's social care

"Ninety children a day entered care in the last year, and councils saw the biggest annual increase of children in care since 2010. "

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Secretary's maiden speech

“This funding is good news for the sector, but it should be focused on delivering on joint local priorities rather than simply NHS national priorities. “It is essential that councils have a significant input into local decisions on how this funding is used so that data is effectively shared in the interests of people using services and processes are streamlined across health and care systems. “It’s good to see the Secretary of State’s focus on prevention which is the surest way to reduce hospital admissions and reduce pressures on the NHS and adult social care, which needs to be put on an