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LGA responds to Care England report on care home pay

“The current system of social care is unsustainable and will buckle under the weight of demand. We are calling on government to urgently publish its much-delayed adult social care green paper to resolve the long-term future of care and support and provide a sustainable solution to these essential services.”


LGA responds to written ministerial statement on Brexit funding

“We are pleased that the Government has confirmed that any additional responsibilities resulting in new financial pressures for councils arising from Brexit will be fully funded.”

Durham County Council: seized cigarettes

Illegal tobacco trade harming efforts to cut smoking, councils warn

"The sale of cheap, illegal tobacco by rogue traders in shops, private homes and through social media is funding organised criminal gangs and damaging legitimate traders, as well as making it easier for young people to get hooked on smoking, which undermines councils’ efforts to help people quit."


LGA responds to childhood obesity trailblazer announcement

The Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme sees 13 local authorities from across the country shortlisted from a total of 102 applications to trial new approaches in their communities, with a particular focus on reducing the ‘deprivation gap’.

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LGA responds to RCPCH state of child health report

“This report rightly reinforces our call for public health funding reductions to be reversed, in order to help councils protect children’s health and reduce inequalities."

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LGA responds to Education Secretary's comments on academies

“Converting to an academy is not always the best solution for a struggling school.


LGA responds to NHS funding for expansion of PrEP trial

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to an announcement by NHS England about funding for the expansion of the PrEP Impact Trial to 26,000 participants by 2020.

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LGA responds to NAO report on children's social care

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report by the National Audit Office on children’s social care.


LGA responds to PAC report on academies

"This damning report raises serious questions around academy financial governance and will be hugely concerning to parents and teachers across the country."


LGA responds to draft Domestic Abuse Bill

“With local government facing a £3.1 billion funding gap in 2019/20, any legislative changes in this Bill must be matched with adequate resources and funding.”