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LGA responds to Institute of Health Visiting report

“This report is an important contribution to the debate on the future of health visiting and in our joint efforts to improve the delivery of the Government’s Healthy Child Programme."

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LGA responds to HMI Prohibition report on children leaving custody

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Judith Blake, responds to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation which says that children leaving custody are being ‘set up to fail’ through lack of support.

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LGA responds to RAC report on driver fines for idling engines

“Councils are playing a pivotal role in tackling air pollution to improve people’s health and quality of life, including working with schools to set up car free streets to prevent engine idling."

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LGA responds to report recommending new approach to tackling extremism

“The Government needs to ensure councils are sufficiently resourced and funded to tackle extremism in the long-term, and use the forthcoming Queen’s Speech and next year’s Spending Review to do so.”

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LGA responds to NHS Providers 'The state of the NHS provider sector' report

“Adequate funding for public health services, which are provided by councils, is equally important. Public health plays a vital role in promoting and improving wellbeing, preventing ill health and reducing health inequalities."

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LGA responds to Grandparents Plus report on kinship carers

“Councils are doing what they can to make sure families get the help they need and have policies in place to support the needs of children living with kinship carers.  There are many examples of good practice in terms of support for kinship carers and we need to make sure practice is consistent across the country."

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LGA responds to funding for councils to improve air quality

“To further tackle air pollution, the Government needs to use the Queen’s Speech to give councils more powers, like the ability for them all to enforce moving traffic offences."

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman report on education, health and care plans

“While we are pleased the Government has announced an additional £700 million for children with special educational needs, without certainty over funding for the future the situation will get worse as the number of children who need support continues to increase."

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LGA responds to latest house building statistics

“The last time the country built more than 300,000 homes a year was 1977/78, when councils built 44 per cent of them."

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LGA responds to Friends of the Earth report on climate-friendly councils

Responding to a report by Friends of the Earth on climate-friendly councils, Cllr David Renard, Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: “Councils are already doing significant work to protect the environment, to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and to address issues that affect the environment and the health of our communities. “This includes tackling harmful air pollution by devising clean air zones and protecting at-risk areas outside schools, encouraging the use of electric vehicles through promoting recharging points, and investing in cycling. “