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LGA responds to Contain Framework on councils' local lockdown powers

“Locally-led responses have proven to be the best way to tackle significant outbreaks, which this framework rightly emphasises."

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Fiscal devolution key to nationwide COVID-19 economic recovery

“Councils want to work with the Government on how local communities can have the freedoms and flexibilities to play a lead role in the nation’s economic recovery and better connect local leaders to decisions made about how money is spent and raised for the benefit of their communities.”

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LGA responds to RAC report on pothole damage

“Despite the pandemic, councils have been working hard to fix potholes and repair road surfaces as well as supporting the increase in cycling infrastructure through temporary road measures."

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LGA responds to Youth Violence Commission report

"Youth services support young people, helping them to make positive choices and keep them safe as they transition to adulthood. These services are even more essential as a result of the COVID-19 crisis."

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figures

“Council public health teams remain ready to use their unique expertise, including speaking other languages, and understanding of their communities to try to reach those who cannot be contacted by the system."

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LGA statement on NHS funding to prepare for second COVID-19 wave

“If this awful pandemic has proved one thing it is that there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system. You cannot protect one and not the other."

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LGA responds to ASH report on a million smokers quitting due to coronavirus

“Councils’ public health teams are working hard to continue to reduce smoking rates in their areas, alongside local charities and community groups, and these latest findings are a testament to their efforts."

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman report on homelessness

“Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, councils have worked incredibly hard to get the overwhelming majority – nearly 15,000 – of rough sleepers into housing. This is a momentous achievement but has exacerbated funding issues."

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LGA responds to children's health review announcement

“We share the commitment of the review to reduce inequalities and to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life."

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LGA responds to ADCS report on impact of COVID-19 on children and young people

“The real challenge for children’s services is yet to come."