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LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review

Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”


LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement

“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."


LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement on mental health

To achieve true parity of care between mental and physical health, we need a root and branch overhaul of mental health services, which focuses on prevention and early intervention, particularly for children and young people.


LGA responds to extension of Blue Badge scheme

“People can help councils win the fight against Blue Badge fraud, by tipping us off about people they suspect are illegally using a badge, bearing in mind this new eligibility and that people’s need for a badge might not be obvious.”


LGA responds to final report on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the final report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill.


LGA responds to Health Foundation and King's Fund public health call

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a joint report by the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund calling for public health funding cuts to be reversed.


LGA responds to Cochrane Report on reducing sugary drinks

“What is needed is a universal adoption of a labelling system which provides an instant ‘at-a-glance’ understanding of sugar content."


LGA responds to Carers Innovation Fund launch

“Unpaid carers provide vital support for thousands of people every day, which councils fully recognise and want to help in any way they can."

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LGA responds to Totaljobs report on lack of opportunities for ageing workforce

“This report highlights how vital it is that we provide opportunities for people of all ages to increase skills levels and help adults retrain and upskill so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps."

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LGA responds to NAO report on ensuring food safety

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a National Audit Office report on ensuring food safety and standards.