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LGA statement on provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

“Today’s settlement does not provide enough funding to meet the severe cost and demand pressures which have left councils of all political colours and types warning of the serious challenges they face to set balanced budgets next year."

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3G network shutdown could hit parking and other services, councils warn

Parking meters, alarm systems and telecare devices could be disrupted and left obsolete due to the upcoming switch off of 2G and 3G mobile networks, councils warn.

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Councils warn of rise in synthetic opioid use

Although it is encouraging that rates of drug misuse have remained stable, this is masking worrying new trends in drug use

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LGA on Lancet cancer survival study

We need to ensure that cancer screening services can be accessed by all communities

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LGA responds to UKHSA climate change warnings

“It’s clear from this stark report that climate change could have a serious impact on the health of our local communities.

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LGA responds to Sport England's Active Lives Children and Young People survey

It is positive that children and young people’s overall activity levels have remained stable across 2022-23.

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LGA on Smokefree 2030 consultation

Councils work hard in their communities to help long term smokers quit and so are fully supportive of the Government’s smokefree 2030 ambitions.

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Section 114 fear for almost 1 in 5 council leaders and chief executives after cashless Autumn Statement

Almost one in five council leaders and chief executives in England surveyed by the Local Government Association think it is very or fairly likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114 notice this year or next due to a lack of funding to keep key services running.

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Councils need support and funding for adult social care assurance process

“The added workload these assessments are causing for councils must be addressed and councils should be given appropriate additional funding and support in order to participate in them effectively.”

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Children’s social care placements costing £10,000-plus rise sharply in five years – new LGA analysis

The number of children’s social care placements costing £10,000 or more per week has risen sharply in five years, a survey of councils by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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