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LGA responds to Coram's Childcare Survey 2024

"Historic underfunding and wider council pressures have left local authority early years teams less prepared to support providers with the expansion, despite concerted effort."

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LGA responds to Action for Children report on low-income families in poverty

“No child should grow up in poverty and this report is a stark reminder of the challenges facing low-income families and other vulnerable households."

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LGA responds to the Department for Education's new recruitment campaign for early years workers

"To ensure support to all children, councils need to be given the resources and powers to manage local childcare markets.”

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LGA responds to EDSK's 20 Years of Muddling Through report

“Councils want to ensure that every child gets the very best education and schooling in life; and are best placed to understand the needs of their community and be able to provide for them."

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Children’s social care placements costing £10,000-plus rise sharply in five years – new LGA analysis

The number of children’s social care placements costing £10,000 or more per week has risen sharply in five years, a survey of councils by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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Autumn Statement: Coalition urges Chancellor in open letter to fund children’s social care

A coalition of councils, charities and campaigners - including those with experience of the children’s care system - has written a joint open letter to the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt urging him in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement to provide the funding children’s social care “desperately needs…before it is pushed to the brink”.

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‘Vital that children’s services are adequately funded in next week’s Autumn Statement’ – LGA response to children in care figures

“These figures emphasise how vital it is that next week’s Autumn Statement ensures that children’s services are adequately funded so councils can meet this rising demand and ensure children and their families get the support they need, as soon as they need it.

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Biggest independent children’s care providers made over £300 million profit last year – new LGA report reveals

The largest independent providers of children’s social care brought in profits of more than £300 million last year, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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Pressure on councils to support vulnerable children remains high - LGA on Children in Need statistics

“It is absolutely vital that the Autumn Statement ensures that children’s services are adequately funded."

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Children’s services improving despite systemic challenges – new LGA report

Children’s services are continuing to deliver improvements and sustain strong performance, despite significant national challenges, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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