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LGA statement on tougher powers for councils to tackle businesses flouting COVID-19 rules

“Ensuring councils have a range of tools at their disposal will allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action before it is too late."

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LGA responds to UASC funding announcement

“We are pleased that Government is providing additional funding for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. This is positive recognition of the valuable role councils play in providing support to children and young people starting a new life in the UK."

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LGA responds to UASC funding announcement

“With the vast majority of refugee children aged 16 or 17, this change in funding needs to be followed through so that care leaving costs, which are equal to or greater than those of non-UASC, are fully funded, as this remains the main barrier to councils taking on responsibility for ever-growing numbers."

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LGA responds to the latest refugee resettlement figures

"Councils have had an excellent track record in welcoming asylum-seeking and refugee children and their families for many years, and continue to work hard to support the Syrian resettlement scheme alongside all the other schemes in the current operation."

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LGA responds to the Government Integration Strategy

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board responds to the publication of the Government’s Integration Strategy.

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LGA responds to report by Age UK on safety net for older people

“With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, the system is at breaking point and is ramping up pressures on unpaid carers who are the backbone of the care system."

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LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement

“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."

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LGA responds to PM announcement to create Office for Veterans’ Affairs

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community and Wellbeing Board, responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement to create a new Office for Veterans’ Affairs.

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LGA responds to House of Lords Public Services Committee report on Levelling Up

Responding to a report from the House of Lords Public Services Committee on the Government’s ambition to level up the country, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “The pandemic has shown that, with the right funding and freedoms, councils can improve people’s lives. It is therefore important that this report recognises that the recovery from COVID-19 needs to include greater powers being given to local councils and their communities. “Bringing greater resources and powers over key responsibilities, such as skills, transport and housing, closer to

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LGA responds to Government consultation response to the veterans strategy

“Veterans can face significant barriers to accessing services and tailoring them to meet their needs is vital to ensure they’re not left behind."