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LGA responds to roadmap out of lockdown announcement

“Councils will do all they can to turn this roadmap into a reality by building on successful work with the NHS on the vaccination roll-out."

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LGA responds to expansion to shielding

"It is crucial that councils receive regular access to data and long term funding so they can reach out to everyone who needs support as quickly as possible."

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Be vigilant against new COVID-19 text message scams, councils urge

“Unfortunately, these new scams are not the first we’ve seen related to COVID-19 and they most likely won’t be the last. Everyone must be vigilant and scrutinise any message claiming to be from the Government, NHS, HMRC, Ofcom or their local authority."

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Private equity involvement in care placements needs reviewing amid concerning profit and debt levels

The LGA’s report shows that some independent providers of children’s residential and fostering placements are achieving profits of more than 20 per cent on their income.

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LGA responds to EPI and The Prince’s Trust report on young people’s mental health and wellbeing

“Mental health needs to be at heart of a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, which includes access to parks and green spaces, meeting housing needs and providing learning and training opportunities.”

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LGA: In remembrance of the 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19

“This tragic milestone is a heartbreaking reminder of how many people have lost their lives to this dreadful disease and the terrible toll it has placed on family and friends.”

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LGA responds to new £120 million fund to boost social care sector staffing levels

“Extra funding to fill staff shortages and free up more experienced colleagues to focus on providing care directly will help with the immediate impact of the virus. Social care has been on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic and our dedicated staff rightly need as much support as possible during this incredibly challenging period.”

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LGA responds to coalition call for government planning rethink

“To ensure a successful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, communities need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led, well-resourced planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area."

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LGA responds to latest housebuilding figures

 “It is good that housebuilding is on the increase again, and that planning permissions were extended earlier in the pandemic to enable developments to continue when safe to do so."

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LGA responds to Mental Health Act reform white paper

"This white paper is an excellent opportunity to update the law and improve support for everyone who needs it. We strongly support the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment."