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LGA responds to Government announcement of additional funding to support continued delivery of domestic abuse support services

"The LGA is pleased to see the Government has recognised our calls for additional funding to help councils with the provision of accommodation-based domestic abuse support and services."

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Bus routes face axe unless emergency funding support extended

“Government funding has helped keep buses on the road, allowing operators to close the gap between the costs of providing local public transport and the reduced revenues from much lower numbers of passengers than normal"

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LGA responds to Health and Care Integration white paper

"Adult social care is in a fragile position, with councils struggling to balance budgets and services severely impacted by rising costs and recruitment issues. A long-term funding solution is urgently needed in order to ensure a sustainable, high quality and sufficient care and health workforce to meet needs now and going forward."

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LGA responds to Carers Trust report

“The Government needs to do more to help unpaid carers who are the backbone of care and support and provide invaluable support to their loved ones.”

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‘Tackling the digital divide’ – LGA responds to speeding-up trial of 5G rollout

"These pilot schemes are a positive recognition of this and could potentially be extended across the country. It is now vital that mobile network operators and the Government work with local authorities to deliver this programme."

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LGA statement on final Local Government Finance Settlement

“With future years looking challenging, it is crucial that local services have a long-term, sustainable future which gives councils certainty over their funding."

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LGA statement on the public health settlement

"The announcement today provides immediate certainty, but we need a clear long-term plan on the future which recognises the public health challenges we face as a country."

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Surge in children with mental health problems seen by councils during pandemic

The number of children with mental health problems seen by social workers has surged by a quarter since before the coronavirus pandemic, amounting to nearly 1,500 kids presenting to councils every week.

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‘Everybody should have the chance to work or retrain’ - LGA responds to opening of 150 new jobcentres and youth hubs

“Councils are ideally placed to help achieve this, bringing together government, agencies and providers alongside their local leadership and expert knowledge of their areas, as we identified in our Work Local programme."

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LGA statement on Treasury cost of living measures

“We want to work quickly with government to clarify the details of this funding. To ensure it can be distributed as quickly as possible, we would urge it to be added to existing discretionary council schemes."