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LGA responds to latest adult substance misuse treatment statistics

"As these figures show, more needs to be done to meet increasing demand and a huge amount of unmet need, with more than half a million adults estimated to have alcohol dependency, while a high proportion of those receiving treatment are living in the most deprived areas."

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LGA responds to NAO report on school funding

“Councils face significant financial challenges to deliver much-needed SEND support to all those who need it and to meet rising demand, reporting a spending deficit of £675 million last year."

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LGA responds to ONS analysis on the lasting impact of violence against women and girls

“Councils are determined to help tackle Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in our local communities, and work alongside police, the NHS, and charities to make sure we do all we can to protect women and girls from all forms of abuse."

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LGA responds to latest ONS domestic abuse statistics

"Domestic abuse is a horrendous crime, which councils cannot tackle alone. The cooperation of other public services including the police is essential if we are to work to eliminate domestic abuse."

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LGA responds to ADCS figures on home education

"Although most parents and carers provide a good home education, the LGA is concerned that the pandemic has led to increasing numbers of children receiving education outside the classroom and missing out on the benefits that a school environment brings, such as safeguarding and learning and socialising with other children."

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LGA: Huge spending on children’s and adult social care not enough to support everyone, councils warn

New analysis by the LGA shows that social care-providing authorities, who want to be able to support all children and adults to lead an equal life, are now spending more than 60 per cent of their outgoings on these essential services, underlining the urgent need for action to address immediate pressures now.

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LGA responds to National Transfer Scheme announcement

"Councils will want to continue to work closely with government to ensure the rights and needs of children are at the heart of these new arrangements. These need to enable local partners to give children the help they need, including mental and physical health support and appropriate education."

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LGA awards funding for councils as part of Digital Pathfinders Programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the nine successful councils in its new Digital Pathfinders Programme. 75 councils in England were shortlisted through a competitive bidding process. 

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LGA responds to National Fitness Day 2021 activity results

"To capitalise on this success and level up the health of the nation, particularly those in the most economically deprived areas, it’s vital that Government, key partners and stakeholders work together with councils to create healthy places with accessible green spaces and affordable sport and leisure opportunities."

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LGA responds to ‘Children in crisis’ report

"Councils want to work with government on a child-centred, cross-government pandemic recovery plan which offers the very best future for children and families."