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LGA responds to Age UK report on the social care burden on women

“Unpaid carers are the backbone of the care system, many of whom are unable to take a break, putting their own health on the line. Without these unsung heroes, who are predominantly women, the system would collapse."

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LGA launches Twenty-first Century Toolkit to support women, parents and carers

The LGA has produced a toolkit aimed at helping those who have other responsibilities, such as looking after children, caring for an older relative or who want to start a family, to be councillors and represent their communities.

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Council tax will fail to protect adult social care services this year

“Raising council tax has never been the answer to fixing our chronically underfunded social care system."

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LGA responds to NAO report on apprenticeships

“With a 26 per cent fall in apprenticeship starts between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and many employers still struggling to spend their funds nearly two years after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, further reform to enable greater local flexibility is desperately needed."

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LGA responds to PHE figures on hospital tooth extractions among young people

“If the Government is serious about tackling tooth decay early, they should use the upcoming Spending Review to reverse the £700 million real terms reductions to councils’ public health grants between 2015/16 and 2019/20."

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LGA responds to violence against women and girls strategy

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Safer and Stronger Communities Board at the LGA, which runs the National FGM Centre in partnership with Barnardo’s, responds to the updated strategy to end violence against women and girls, published by government today.

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LGA responds to centre for cities report on skills gap

Cllr Sir Richard Leese CBE, Chair of the LGA's City Regions Board responds to the Centre for Cities skills report.

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LGA responds to Independent Age analysis on care homes

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to Independent Age analysis on care homes.

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LGA responds to Government plans to extend road repairs guarantee

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the LGA, responds to a consultation announced by Government on increasing the minimum guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks from two to five years, and introducing new asphalt standards to keep roads pothole-free for longer.

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Public health improving under councils, despite substantial cuts

The data demonstrates that the local authority delivery of public health is effective, accountable, efficient and offers great value for money.