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LGA: water safety vital as accidental drownings peak in summer holidays

Children and young people need to be made more aware of the dangers of swimming in open water as the summer holidays get underway.

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1,400 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

“Government needs to ensure councils are properly funded in the long-term to tackle modern slavery and support its victims, as well as creating a future-proof NRM system able to support the growing numbers of victims we are seeing."

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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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Test and Trace scam alert issued by councils

The Local Government Association says councils have received reports of fraudsters attempting to exploit the system through bogus phone calls, emails and text messages which ask for bank card details to cover the cost of the testing kit. The genuine NHS service is free.

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LGA responds to RNLI plans to increase lifeguard patrols

“It is reassuring to know that lifeguard provision will increase as this country faces what could be its busiest ever summer beach season, with many schools closed and restrictions on travel abroad."

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LGA responds to funding announcement for domestic violence charities

"Councils can’t tackle domestic abuse alone. To help prepare for an expected surge in demand for support from victims as lockdown measures ease, we would like the Government to engage more with police, councils and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and to create a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Strategy for England and Wales."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to £300 million test and trace announcement

Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the announcement of £300 million additional funding for local authorities to support the new test and trace service.

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Coronavirus: councils issue beach safety warning

People are being urged to think carefully before considering travelling to a beach this weekend and to check it is open and safe to visit.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to mobile testing unit announcement

“With greater capacity to deliver more tests, the Government should prioritise those at most risk, including staff who work in care homes and support the most vulnerable."

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LGA responds to introduction of Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament

"Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously and it is good to see the legal definition of it widened to support more prosecution cases and help more victims of this despicable crime."