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Homelessness numbers will continue to rise without urgent action – LGA on homelessness statistics

“Councils work incredibly hard to prevent the tragedy of homelessness from happening, as well as supporting those who find themselves affected and are very concerned at today’s statistics, which are from before the worst of the cost of living crisis hit families."

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Urgent housing solutions needed for Ukrainians in UK – LGA on British Red Cross anniversary report

“Councils have been at the sharp end of the rise in the number of people presenting as homeless and need urgent solutions to pressing housing needs in the short and the long term across all the schemes that welcome new arrivals to the UK.”


‘Councils central to supporting everyone into work’: LGA responds to latest NEET figures

“It is vital that young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, including being offered the right careers advice and guidance."


Council employees’ pay offer announced

"Council employees have been offered a pay increase of at least £1,925 from 1 April 2023."


Lack of dentists leads kids teeth to rot – LGA on hospital tooth extractions data

It is alarming that children who live in areas with the highest levels of deprivation and limited access to dentists are five times more likely to have teeth extracted in hospital


‘Protecting most vulnerable is crucial’: LGA responds to Household Support Fund

“Protecting the most vulnerable from the rising cost of living is a crucial priority which councils share with government and it is positive to see this fund extended for another year."

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Bus funding extended after council warnings – LGA on cash extension

The LGA has been calling on the Government to urgently step in to ensure thousands of vital bus routes in April are not lost.

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Preventative care crucial for reducing hospital admissions - LGA responds to Age UK analysis

"Delivering the right care at home doesn’t just reduce the need for hospitalisation, it also allows people to live an equal life with the dignity they deserve."


LGA: Expand free school meals to save nearly £500 per pupil for under-pressure families

“Encouraging those who are eligible to sign up and automating the process will help relieve this financial burden, freeing up family budgets and improving the next generation’s health, education and prospects."

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Councils also need clarity over public health cash – LGA on drug and alcohol treatment funding

Councils’ allocations for the local public health grant from April, which also goes to fund local addiction support services, has still yet to be announced leaving the future of many vital services in doubt.