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LGA responds to ADASS adult social care assessments survey

"These alarming findings illustrate the huge everyday challenges adult social care continues to face and the impact they have on the people who draw on care and support to live their best life."

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LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Mental Health Act Reform Bill

"The LGA supports the reforms to the Mental Health Act, particularly the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment and the intention to address rising rates of detention of people from ethnic minority backgrounds."

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LGA responds to Drug Strategy funding allocations

“This funding is an important step forward in helping to support councils in addressing drug dependency in their local communities."

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LGA responds to government guidance on the Fair Cost of Care

"Adult social care is facing a funding gap for current services, increasing each year due to inflation and other costs even with these reforms fully funded. This is without considering the immediate need to address unmet and under met need on these overburdened systems."

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Sector leaders call for action on social care workforce

National adult social care organisations have come together to call for a co-produced, national workforce strategy alongside action to improve terms and conditions.

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Councils call for extension of local outbreak management cash as COVID-19 cases rise

"With time running out, it is vitally important that the Government extends part of the Contain Outbreak Management Fund. This will allow councils to respond to new variants, tackle outbreaks in at-risk settings and recruit and retain vital public health staff. "

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Public health staff shortage and exhaustion warning as COVID-19 infection rates rise

"Local public health teams have gone above and beyond over the last two years to support their communities through the pandemic. It is clear that staff are exhausted from this effort and there are growing gaps in the public health workforce."

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LGA responds to County Councils Network and LaingBuisson report

"Many councils have approached us regarding these reforms and this timely report clearly highlights the risk to care homes. We remain clear that under-funded reforms also pose a risk to the overall financial viability of some councils as they stand now."

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Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection

The LGA pays tribute to the social care workforce and the vital work and support they delivered through the COVID-19 pandemic and remember those who sadly lost their lives.

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LGA responds to new NHS reform plan

"The success of the Government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will be absolutely reliant on councils."