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Social care plan contains nothing to help millions ‘here and now’

The Government’s social care plan provides no extra funding for frontline social care and will do nothing to immediately help the millions of people who draw on and work in care and support, or will do so in the near future, councils warn today.

Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

LGA responds to Royal College of Psychiatrists report on children’s mental health

“The pandemic has exacerbated existing mental health issues among children but even before this, the number of children referred to mental health services soared by nearly 60 per cent between 2017/18 and 2019/20. "

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LGA responds to Kerslake Commission report on ending rough sleeping

“Councils stand ready to work with government to realise its ambition of ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament. For that to happen, the Government must use the forthcoming Spending Review to announce a cross-departmental homelessness prevention strategy."

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LGA responds to new Swim England report warning that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost by the end of the decade 

"The findings in this report adds to our own recently published evidence highlighting that 72 per cent of schools rely on public swimming pools to teach children how to swim and water safety skills making them essential for delivering the national curriculum."

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LGA responds to Children Commissioner’s Big Ask survey

“To respond to what children and young people have told us, we need funding to reinvest in vital universal and early help services, including mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people, and properly resourced holistic family support for families experiencing financial hardship."

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LGA responds to Greenpeace green homes ‘revolution’ report

“This report highlights the significant social and economic benefits decarbonising homes and buildings can bring."

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LGA opens bids for Housing Advisers Programme to tackle housing shortage

The programme, which opens for bids today, boosts council capacity through the provision of independent expertise for councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in local communities – including on housing delivery, planning for homes, and reducing homelessness.

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LGA responds to HMICFRS report on violence against women and girls

"Councils are determined to help tackle violence against women and girls 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 Arts Council England's new Delivery Plan

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board responds to Arts Council England’s new Delivery Plan.

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Councils respond to Michael Gove appointment as MHCLG Secretary of State

"We look forward to working with Michael Gove as our new Secretary of State at MHCLG to build on this and ensure councils are backed with the resources and freedoms they need to build back local from the pandemic, level up communities and deliver more for our residents and communities.”