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LGA responds to House of Lords Built Environment Committee report on fare zoning

“A greater role for councils in local rail services, a through ticketing system and greater franchising powers would help councils everywhere boost public passenger numbers thereby cutting congestion and making our air cleaner for this and future generations.”

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on unpaid carers

“The Government must use its upcoming autumn statement to urgently provide councils with the extra funding they need to help support unpaid carers as well as people who use services ahead of winter.”

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LGA responds to Which? research on access to affordable food

"Councils are continuing to see a concerning increase in the number of people turning to food banks to feed their family and make ends meet, due to the cost of living crisis and rising food prices."

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LGA responds to NAHT survey on school funding

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, expresses concern at the findings.

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COVID tooth extraction backlog: Fears for kids’ teeth as hospital procedures plummet during pandemic

The number of teeth extractions – which have to take place in a hospital under general anaesthetic - due to decay carried out has tumbled to record lows, amid fears many are missing out on vital treatment, councils say today.

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LGA responds to final report from Anne Longfield's Commission on Young Lives

“The harrowing exploitation of children and young people is a significant, increasing concern for councils who work hard to identify and protect those at risk of abuse.

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LGA responds to new Age UK report: Why can’t I get care?

“It is extremely concerning to hear reports of older people either reducing or having to consider stopping their social care because of financial concerns."

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LGA responds to DCMS Committee report on cultural placemaking and levelling up

“This report highlights the variable and unequal nature of funding for cultural investment and the need to address this if we are to realise the vision outlined in the Levelling Up White Paper."

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LGA responds to PAC report on Net Zero

“It is vital the Government acts fast to give councils the policy and investment framework as well as the powers and resources to deliver on the projects and culture changes that will make a difference in local communities and help achieve net zero."

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Government must take action to end the crisis of unaccompanied children being placed in hotels

The Local Government Association is calling on the Government to help councils to develop more placements for unaccompanied children so that children can be moved directly to their long-term homes.