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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on mental health services

"We need a new national focus on helping everyone stay mentally well, including those affected by COVID-19, backed-up by funding for councils to spend with local partners such as the voluntary and community sector, on meeting their communities’ mental wellbeing needs."

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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on mental health services

“We need a new national focus on helping everyone stay mentally well, including those affected by COVID-19, backed-up by funding for councils to spend with local partners."

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on need for more support for carers

“We know that caring can place a real strain on carers – emotionally, physically and financially, especially during this pandemic, which is why councils are committed to doing all they can to support them."

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Design in the Public Sector programme applications open

Councils in England are set to benefit from this year’s Design in the Public Sector programme which is themed on tackling climate change.

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LGA - Tougher licensing powers needed to crack down on COVID-19 safety breaches

Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted.

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Urgent investment needed to boost mental health recovery

Failure to urgently invest in mental health and other vital local services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the pandemic, councils in England warn today. 

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LGA responds to home-to-school transport and bus funding

“The most effective way forward would be for the Government to give councils oversight of local bus services, so they can ensure effective targeting of any public funding"

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‘Don't put lives at risk' : councils issue COVID-19 heatwave warning

People need to take all necessary health precautions as Britain looks set to bask in a heatwave and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly family and friends - while maintaining social distancing – who are most at risk if they catch coronavirus.

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Creative industries can play a key role in the COVID-19 recovery

“Local creative industries can be the cornerstone of recovery for our communities and local economies from the impacts of COVID-19."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner briefing

“Councils have been working closely with schools throughout the coronavirus pandemic to ensure they remain open for vulnerable children and families, and where needed, councils have delivered vital IT equipment for children."