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LGA responds to child gambling advertising crackdown

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement by the Gambling Commission and Advertising Standards Authority that they will initiate a crackdown on child gambling advertising.

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Return to Social Work programme launched to retrain 100 social workers

The LGA, in partnership with central government and with the support of the Government Equalities Office, is launching its Return to Social Work programme.

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LGA responds to LGO report on Education, Health and Care Plans

"The number of investigations undertaken in this report is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Education, Health and Care Plans developed by councils to support children and young people with SEND. The report rightly highlights that despite these complaints, two thirds of parents have said they are happy with the support they are being provided by their councils."

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LGA responds to Confused.com research on potholes

"Councils are fixing 1.75 million potholes a year – one every 19 seconds, which breaks down to an average of more than 10,400 per local authority."

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LGA responds to latest childhood obesity figures

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the latest childhood obesity figures published by NHS Digital showing that obesity prevalence has continued to increase in the last year.

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LGA responds to fly-tipping statistics

Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Environment spokesman, responds to the Government’s latest data on fly-tipping.

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LGA responds to Age UK delayed transfers of care figures

“Councils are doing all they can to try and help people live independently in their communities and reduce demand on hospitals."

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Councils respond to IFG public spending performance trackers

“We have long warned that inadequate funding for local government has a knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector, which are often left to pick up the pieces of councils being forced to scale back services. “As this report makes clear, one example of this false economy is money being pumped into the NHS while councils receive less social care and public health funding. These services are essential to help people live independently in their communities and reduce demand on the NHS by actually preventing them from needing to go into hospital in the first place. “Councils face an overal

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Councils need more funding to protect against big rise in cyber attacks

More funding is needed by councils to ensure their computer systems, infrastructure and the personal data they collect and manage remains protected from crippling cyber attacks which have risen by 52 per cent against UK businesses, the Local Government Association (LGA) urged today.

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LGA statement on Number 10 housing summit

“We now hope to see positive action taken by the Government in the Autumn Budget to spark the genuine renaissance in council housebuilding we desperately need."