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Councils call for government to recommit to sugar levy – LGA responds to Cambridge University study into sugar levy

“This compelling piece of evidence shows the impact the sugar levy has had on addressing rising levels of childhood obesity."

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Major child safeguarding concerns in out-of-school settings prompt renewed calls from councils for tougher powers

Tougher powers are needed for councils to oversee and regulate out-of-school settings (OOSS) – including being able to shut down illegal schools – after an independent report commissioned by the Government uncovered major safeguarding concerns. The Department for Education funded a pilot in 16 council areas over an 18-month period into the oversight of OOSS, examining safeguarding risks and existing legal powers available to councils. OOSS is a wide range of provision including uniformed organisations, sports and leisure clubs, supplementary schools, faith-based organisations and arts

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LGA responds to new careers advice programme for children

Everybody should have the chance to work or retrain, to help increase their aspirations and skills to realise their potential. The labour market has changed significantly in recent years and continues to adapt, so people need joined up local support.

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LGA responds to ADCS safeguarding report

“These figures highlight the increasing numbers of vulnerable children in need of vital support and the huge pressures on council services", said Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board.

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LGA responds to Ofsted Annual Report 2021/22

It is positive that this report recognises significant improvements from councils in providing children’s services, despite the many challenges they face in the education, said Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board.

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LGA responds to IFS report on impact of Autumn Statement on education funding

Effective, high quality early years provision makes a significant difference to young children, says Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board.

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LGA responds to PAC report on children’s social care innovation

“It is good the Committee backs our call to build on the success of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme as councils face both financial pressures and increasing numbers of children requiring support for more complex needs."

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Social workers seeing record numbers of children with mental health problems

A record number of children with mental health problems were seen by social workers last year, an increase of more than a half in five years, latest figures show.

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LGA responds to NAO report on support for vulnerable adolescents

“This report builds on the concerns raised by councils and the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care around the need for far better join up across government, working with councils, to support vulnerable adolescents.

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LGA responds to NAHT survey on school funding

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, expresses concern at the findings.