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LGA responds to PAC report on test and trace

“Coronavirus will be with us for many months and years ahead and councils want to play their full part in helping to design a test and trace strategy for the medium and long-term which keeps our communities safe."

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LGA responds to local authority Investment in museums report

“Councils need a fair and sustainable funding settlement in the upcoming Spending Review to ensure they can continue to fund these essential community services and deliver against the Government’s plans for Levelling Up.”

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LGA: Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year

“Despite increasing their budgets for children’s services by diverting funds from other areas, councils are still overspending due to soaring demand for support which is likely to increase further as the long-term impacts of the pandemic become clearer."

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LGA responds to Environmental Audit Committee report on green jobs

"Green skills need to be front and centre of our recovery from the pandemic, helping to level up our communities, build local government capacity and increase social mobility."

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LGA responds to Home Care Association report on social care pay

“Our own estimates show £1.5 billion is needed now to stabilise the care provider market and then £1.1 billion per year over the next three years, to meet extra costs from rising demand for social care while maintaining current levels of quality and access."

First magazine November 2021

New issue of first magazine is online

Did you know that first magazine is available in an online format? Take a look around and let us know what you think of its new design. The pdf is still available to download and you can now also subscribe to an email alert so that you never miss new content.

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LGA: £875m investment needed in public sports and leisure facilities to tackle health inequalities

Long term investment in public sport and leisure facilities is key to supporting efforts to tackle health inequalities exposed by the pandemic, councils say today.

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LGA: Universal free garden waste collections ‘unnecessary’ and not solution to reducing landfill

"The proposals risk having an adverse impact on local roads, increasing traffic, and pumping out more carbon emissions and making air pollution worse."

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LGA responds to support package for renters

“This funding should provide some much-needed reassurance to many private renters who are genuinely at risk of losing their homes because of financial difficulties."

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LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care

“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."