“These worrying figures underline the huge number of children and families in need of help and support, and emphasises the colossal challenge facing councils and their partners as they try to address growing levels of need with rapidly diminishing resources."
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to research by Action for Children which revealed one third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health and emotional wellbeing issues.
"The Government needs to use this delay to work closely with the LGA, councils and stakeholders so that we can provide the best for vulnerable claimants and ensure no-one loses out on transitional protection. "
For too many people, loneliness is their reality all year round. They are often less able to look after themselves, which can make existing health conditions worse, and are more likely to become reliant on public services sooner.
"The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government, as well as setting the scene for the forthcoming Spending Review to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government."
Eight out of 10 retailers are breaking the law on underage knife sales in some areas, council leaders reveal today. The worrying findings come as latest official figures show a 40 per cent rise in knife crime in England and Wales in the past two years.
The Government is likely to fail to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the European Social Fund (ESF) risking the money being sent back to Brussels, with the deadline for the money to be spent fast approaching, the Local Government Association has warned today.
“A library of the 21st century is home to a diverse range of services in our communities; it can support health and wellbeing, prevent social isolation and loneliness, provide support to people living with dementia."