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LGA responds to Home Secretary’s Police and Crime Commissioners review recommendations

“We are disappointed that the Government is looking to mandate transfers of fire governance to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), but we are glad to have an opportunity to feed into the consultation on transferring governance to PCCs."

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LGA responds to public health grant announcement

“Tackling our health inequalities, which have been so starkly exposed during the pandemic, will require significant long-term investment in the public health services which can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce future pressure on the NHS. "

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LGA responds to government bus strategy

"We are pleased the Government is investing in improving local bus services, and it is good this strategy recognises the important role of councils".

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LGA responds to launch of new Children’s Commissioner’s ‘Beveridge Report for children’

“The pandemic has had an enormous impact on children and their families, and we are keen for them to be at the centre of both local and national recovery efforts."

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LGA responds to Maternal Mental Health Alliance report on maternal mental health during the pandemic

“This report shines an important light on how the coronavirus pandemic has worsened existing health inequalities, particularly for women’s mental health during and after pregnancy."

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LGA responds to national day of reflection on anniversary of first lockdown

“As we look towards our recovery and the prospect of a return to a more normal way of life, we must not forget the memory of those who are no longer with us."

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LGA responds to Age UK research on the impact of a lack of social care during the pandemic

"Councils have been doing all they can to support carers and those they care for during the crisis. Carers, both paid and unpaid, have done a phenomenal job in very challenging circumstances to keep people of all ages safe and well, with their dedication and commitment rightly acknowledged by the public and politicians alike."

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LGA responds to CMA study into children’s social care provision

"We are pleased that this review draws on our earlier research and aims to consider many of our concerns around the ‘market’ for children’s social care provision and how this impacts on children."

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LGA responds to BMJ report on children’s mental health services

"While the Government’s recent funding boost for mental health support for children and young people is a positive step, it is vital that mental health needs are at the heart of our overall approach to health and wellbeing," 

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LGA responds to extension of COVID Winter Grant Scheme

"This extra funding is a positive step to enable councils to continue to provide much-needed support to low income households at risk of poverty and financial hardship, including support for families during the Easter holidays alongside the new Holiday Activities and Food fund."