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LGA responds to rural services network call for rural strategy

“The LGA’s Post-Brexit England Commission was established to find a way forward. It sets out how councils in non-metropolitan areas can build thriving, connected and healthy communities if they are given the powers and funding to deliver for their residents."

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LGA responds to maintained nurseries funding announcement

“The LGA has been clear all along around the need for additional funding to secure the future of maintained nursery schools and we are pleased the Government has acted on our concerns."

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LGA responds to Coram Family and childcare survey

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to Childcare Survey 2019 by Coram Family and Childcare.

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LGA responds to report on child gangs

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report on child gangs in England by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

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LGA responds to children's services funding analysis

“The report rightly highlights that councils have worked hard to protect vulnerable children and families from the full scale of cuts, with spending on children’s services falling far less than the funding available from government."

LGA responds to IPPR report on the shared prosperity fund

"Brexit cannot leave local areas facing huge financial uncertainty as a result of lost regional funding."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on first 1000 days of life

“Despite facing an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025, councils still spent more on those aged 0-5 than in any other area of public health, often exceeding the amount given to them by government."

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'Lawless' shisha bars need licensing to tackle serious crime and weak smoke-free laws

Licensing powers are needed to help councils tackle shisha bars that repeatedly flout smoking and fire safety laws, and in the worst cases are linked to organised crime, town hall leaders urge.

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LGA: spend on asylum-seeking children doubles in four years

"These rising costs and challenges are contributing to the soaring demand pressures on councils’ children’s services, which face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025 just to continue operating at current levels."

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Local safety net uncertainty risks households facing debt and financial exclusion

It is vital that the Government’s forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of local support to achieving its wider aims in reforming the welfare system and improving outcomes for low-income households.