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LGA responds to IPPR report on disparity and health inequalities

“This report adds to the stark evidence, highlighted by the pandemic, about what keeps people healthy and what else needs to be done to spend more years in good health."

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LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the sad death of Sir David Amess MP.

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LGA: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues

School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on need for 10% rise in council tax for social care just to ‘stand still’

“Social care was facing an uncertain future even before the pandemic, which has exposed and exacerbated some fundamental weaknesses in how we continue to pay for and provide care and support."

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LGA responds to Skills for Care’s state of adult social care and workforce report

“This latest report confirms what has been a worrying trend for some years, of persistently high staff turnover and vacancy rates in social care, adding further pressures onto already overstretched services."

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Housing waiting lists could double next year with one in 10 stuck in queue for more than 5 years – new research

The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use this month’s Spending Review to give councils the powers and funding to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, which would not only achieve a third of the Government’s annual housing target but improve the public finances over 30 years by £24.5 billion.

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LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus

“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."

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LGA: Council tax support grant extension needed to protect low-income households struggling to pay

Latest figures show more than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year – this remains the highest number since records began in 2015. 

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LGA: Funding for almost 10 million pothole repairs this year lost from council budgets

Over 9.5 million potholes could be repaired or prevented by councils with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year – the equivalent of 64,000 repairs in every local council area.

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LGA responds to death of James Brokenshire MP

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the announcement of the sad passing of James Brokenshire MP.