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LGA responds to extra £546m infection control social care funding

“We are pleased the Government has accepted the calls from councils and care providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into the winter period and face the possibility of a potential second wave of infections."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of adult social care complaints

“Any future reforms of adult social care must apply the lessons learned from coronavirus, as well as address the issues of fairness in how we pay for these vital services. These include people who fund their own care."

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New housing targets 'jeopardise any ambition to level-up country

“Algorithms and formulas can never be a substitute for local knowledge and decision-making by councils and communities who know their areas best."

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LGA responds to launch of NHS COVID-19 app

"The launch of the NHS COVID-19 app will help residents, visitors and businesses, along with the councils which support them, to keep track of and isolate future outbreaks."

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Third of local areas face secondary school places running out within five years

Up to a third of local areas in England risk being oversubscribed for secondary school places within five years leaving almost 80,000 young people and their families at risk of missing out on a place.

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LGA responds to latest suicides statistics

"Suicide prevention is a public health priority for local government and every council has a suicide prevention plan in place. Councils are already working closely with schools, railway operators, businesses, hospitals and the police to prevent suicide and help those affected by it."

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Courier firms urged to swap large vans for cargo bikes - new LGA report

Delivery companies should consider switching to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, a new report by the Local Government Association suggests today.

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LGA launches report to help councils tackle climate change

Councils across the country are leading local communities to combat climate change, the Local Government Association sets out today.

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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on social care

"The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the incredibly valuable role of social care in its own right and why it is more important than ever before that we find a long-term and sustainable funding solution, so that people of all ages can live the life they want to lead."

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LGA responds to launch of National Institute for Health Protection

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s speech today that Public Health England is to be replaced with the National Institute for Health Protection.