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500 child protection investigations carried out every single day

With 90 children entering the care system every single day last year, the LGA is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Local Government Finance Settlement to resolve the £2billion funding gap that is facing children’s services by 2020.

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LGA responds to Government Green Paper on children's mental health

“Today’s measures are a step in the right direction, but we need a root-and-branch overhaul of children’s mental health services if we’re to develop a system that says yes, rather than no, to children when they ask for help.”

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Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children's services funding

"We’ve reached a tipping point where this service can no longer be ignored. It is absolutely crucial that the forthcoming Local Government Finance Settlement addresses this funding gap."

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LGA responds to iHV call to reverse public health cuts

“Public health services play a vital role in improving the health of children, young people and adults, reducing the need for treatment later down the line and easing the pressure on the NHS."

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LGA responds to charity warning that councils can only help children in crisis

"This report highlights the scale of government reductions to local authority children’s services funding in recent years, with £2.4 billion lost since 2010 and a further £2 billion reduction expected over the next three years."

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LGA responds to MS Society figures on young disabled adults

"Councils face a real financial challenge to provide the best possible support for growing numbers of people with learning disabilities who rightly want care services to help them live their life as they see fit. The system is now on the brink of collapse."

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Councils respond to the Children's Society survey on problems facing teenagers

“We are calling on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to commit to funding children’s services and public health properly so that families can get the right help at the right time.”

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LGA responds to CQC children’s mental health report

"Councils, which play a critical role in improving the lives of all residents, want the Government’s green paper on children’s mental health to deliver the root and branch reform it so desperately needs."

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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 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.