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LGA responds to Children's Society report on financial hardship

Responding to the Children’s Society report which found long-term and sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families, especially those affected by coronavirus, with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:

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Coronavirus: future of early years providers uncertain without funding commitment

More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason.

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LGA responds to SAGE advice to reopen primary schools

"A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils."

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Coronavirus: LGA statement on schools reopening plans

“Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority."

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LGA responds to joint report on £1bn Youth Guarantee, education and employment support

“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together."

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LGA responds to Barnardo’s report on children’s services

"This report echoes our concerns about the welfare of vulnerable children during the coronavirus crisis and adds further support to our longstanding call for children’s services to be properly funded by the Government."

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Coronavirus: councils need powers to close schools with new clusters of COVID-19

“The safety of staff, parents and families is absolutely paramount."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NSPCC child abuse survey

“It is vital that councils receive the funding they need to support children, young people and families both during the current phase of the crisis, and through the recovery period, and that communities know how to spot signs of risk and how to report these."

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LGA responds to £6.5 million fund to tackle youth violence

“This fund will help support youth services so that essential cost-effective prevention and early intervention work can help make the necessary step-change to tackle serious violent crime, including county lines activity and knife crime."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on SEND

"This report raises some important areas of learning for councils and it is essential that Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission work proactively with them to identify solutions to meet the needs of all children and young people. By working with parents, families and children with SEND, we can agree on what a ‘good’ system of support looks like."