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LGA responds to Government's Homelessness Reduction Act review

"It is vital that the Spending Review shifts the Government’s focus towards the key drivers of homelessness, including a lack of affordable housing, welfare-related poverty, and a lack of an integrated prevention approach."

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LGA responds to new modern slavery measures

"Modern slavery is abhorrent and councils across the country are working hard to help tackle it. This includes trying to eliminate it from their supply chains during the procurement process. This act will help councils to carry out this work."

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LGA responds to chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser's coronavirus warning

“Councils continue to work tirelessly to support residents and businesses through this pandemic and keep services running. It is vital they have the resources they need to lead and protect their communities and support the national effort to minimise the impact of the second wave of this deadly virus.”

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LGA responds to physical activity sector letter to the Prime Minister

“The LGA has been making the case for long-term funding to ensure leisure facilities can continue to provide vital services for low income communities."

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LGA: more than two million homes without a working smoke alarm

Autumn poses a potentially greater fire risk as this is when people typically start to use heaters and open fires.

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LGA responds to social care winter plan and COVID-19 taskforce report

“Free supplies of PPE is good and the right distribution needs to be in place to make sure supplies reach the frontline on time. Councils and providers should also be compensated for PPE already purchased for COVID-19 to date. These measures should be backed up by ensuring everyone in the community who needs a test can get one."

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COVID-19: LGA responds to new package to encourage more to self-isolate

“Councils have led the way in supporting residents and businesses through this crisis and will keep playing their part to support the national effort."

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LGA responds to extra £546m infection control social care funding

“We are pleased the Government has accepted the calls from councils and care providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into the winter period and face the possibility of a potential second wave of infections."

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LGA statement on PAC report on cladding progress

“We urge the Government to act on all the Committee’s recommendations without delay. Issues raised in the report around insurance, mortgages and the skills shortage rightly highlight the serious challenges that need to be overcome if all buildings are to be made safe."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of adult social care complaints

“Any future reforms of adult social care must apply the lessons learned from coronavirus, as well as address the issues of fairness in how we pay for these vital services. These include people who fund their own care."