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LGA responds to ONS figures on the number of deaths of homeless people

The LGA responds to ONS figures published this morning showing there has been a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of deaths of homeless people in 2018 in England and Wales. Two in five of these were related to drug poisoning.


LGA responds to Government planning announcement

“Councils are committed to building the homes the country desperately needs, however it is vital the planning process is allowed to do its job, by making sure that homes are built in the right places, are affordable to those who need them and supported by the right infrastructure."


LGA responds to Government infrastructure announcement

“Councils face a £652 million funding gap in providing the concessionary bus fare scheme, which is putting nearly half of all bus routes at risk. It is vital this scheme is properly funded so councils can protect bus routes and reinvest in local networks.


LGA responds to full-fibre broadband announcement

“It is good that the Government has pledged to invest in providing full-fibre broadband in hard-to-reach areas. Councils have long-called for funding and support to bridge the digital connectivity gap so that rural communities are not left behind."

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Toxic skin lightening creams warning amid industry boom

“Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could seriously damage your health, scar you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all costs."

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LGA responds to latest childhood vaccination coverage statistics

“Councils, which are responsible for public health, are calling on all parents and guardians to visit their local GP, clinic or health centre to make sure their children have all their vaccinations as soon as possible, in order to reverse this worrying trend."


LGA responds to Age UK letter into ‘significant barriers’ older people face in applying for EU Settlement Scheme

“Councils have a key role in working with partners locally on the resettlement scheme and are working closely with the Home Office on how best to raise awareness across all of our communities to encourage them to secure their status before the deadline.”


LGA responds to latest sexual health services statistics

“With resources already stretched, there is a real risk of waiting times increasing and patient experience deteriorating"


LGA responds to NAO report into Brexit medicine ‘delays’

“Councils are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit and continue to work tirelessly to ensure their communities and businesses, including social care providers, are as prepared as they can. "

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LGA responds to CIEH environmental health campaign

"Given the impact of funding pressures on vital local regulatory services over the past decade, councils need to be given the right funding and powers so they can continue to protect the public, reduce demand for services and save money for the taxpayer."