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Heatwave: bathers warned of drowning risk following recent deaths

"Councils want to make sure everyone is safe around water, which is why we are urging people to follow our advice to be careful and vigilant to the dangers."

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LGA responds to Government vision for fostering and children's social care

"Ninety children a day entered care in the last year, and councils saw the biggest annual increase of children in care since 2010. "

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Secretary's maiden speech

“This funding is good news for the sector, but it should be focused on delivering on joint local priorities rather than simply NHS national priorities. “It is essential that councils have a significant input into local decisions on how this funding is used so that data is effectively shared in the interests of people using services and processes are streamlined across health and care systems. “It’s good to see the Secretary of State’s focus on prevention which is the surest way to reduce hospital admissions and reduce pressures on the NHS and adult social care, which needs to be put on an

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LGA responds to NAO report on packaging recycling obligations

Councils have long called for the packaging industry to get around the table with us to reduce the amount of unrecyclable material that goes into packaging.

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LGA responds to Ofsted's children's social care data

Protecting children and helping them to get the very best in life is one of the most important things that councils do and it is positive that the proportion of children’s services departments rated good or outstanding has increased

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LGA responds to AA analysis on council transport budgets

Responding to analysis by the AA into council transport budgets, Cllr Judith Blake, LGA Transport spokesperson, said: “Planning for winter remains a key priority for councils, despite ongoing funding pressures and competing demands on their limited resources. Last year councils had 1.5 million tonnes stockpiled with gritters deployed at a moment’s notice through the wintry months to make sure our local roads were clear and open to our residents where possible. “Councils face an overall funding gap of almost £8 billion by 2025 and the Government must urgently address the growing funding gaps

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LGA responds to new relationships and health education guidance

Councils called for sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all secondary schools, and were pleased when the Government announced this would happen last year.

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Double council tax on empty homes - councils urge Lords to back new powers

Thousands of empty properties across England could be brought back into use if councils are allowed to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes, local government leaders say today.

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee Report on building safety

"The tragedy that unfolded at Grenfell Tower must never be allowed to happen again and we must ensure that those who live, work and visit high-rise and high-risk buildings are safe."

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LGA responds to research on end of life care

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to research by King’s College London on palliative and end-of-life care.