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LGA responds to Kinship survey on kinship carers

“The recent Independent Review of Children’s Social Care reflected our call for better support for kinship carers, and for additional funding to be made available to enable councils to move to a system in which all families and kinship carers receive the support they need, when they need it."

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Hundreds of thousands of eligible families miss out on Healthy Start Vouchers – LGA analysis

As more and more families feel the strain as cost-of-living pressures increase, the LGA said it is calling on the Government to make vital changes to the scheme to ensure it helps families most in need.

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LGA responds to announcement of new Chancellor

"Councils look forward to working with the new Chancellor, particularly as he holds such a strong record of advocating for local services."

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LGA responds to National Audit Office report on Integrated Care Systems

"Councils and Health and Wellbeing Boards must be at the heart of this revised approach as the community leaders and drivers of many of these services."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of adult social care complaints 

"It’s positive to see an overall decrease in the number of complaints, and it is right that providers and councils continue to work with the Ombudsman in its investigations to make improvements to their services."

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LGA responds to Skills for Care annual report

"This latest report confirms what has been a worrying trend for some years, of persistently high staff turnover and vacancy rates in social care, adding further pressures onto already overstretched services."

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LGA responds to care worker poverty rates

Ensuring that care workers are paid fairly for their work is central to making a career in care affordable and appealing, as well as ensuring people who draw on care are best able to live an equal life.

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LGA responds to ONS stats on excess heatwave deaths

"The Met Office has predicted that hotter and drier summers could be likely to become more common as heat records are being broken more frequently, with all the challenges this brings to councils and the communities who we support."

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NHS “dental deserts” persist in rural and deprived communities – LGA analysis

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals a growing number of “dental deserts” across the country with more deprived or rural local authority areas having fewer NHS dentists than those in more affluent urban areas.

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LGA responds to Childhood Vaccination Coverage statistics

"These new statistics, revealing that we are still not reaching the WHO 95 per cent targets for vaccination coverage, are particularly concerning and also show considerable regional disparities."