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LGA: more than two million homes without a working smoke alarm

Autumn poses a potentially greater fire risk as this is when people typically start to use heaters and open fires.

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LGA responds to extra £546m infection control social care funding

“We are pleased the Government has accepted the calls from councils and care providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into the winter period and face the possibility of a potential second wave of infections."

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LGA statement on PAC report on cladding progress

“We urge the Government to act on all the Committee’s recommendations without delay. Issues raised in the report around insurance, mortgages and the skills shortage rightly highlight the serious challenges that need to be overcome if all buildings are to be made safe."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of adult social care complaints

“Any future reforms of adult social care must apply the lessons learned from coronavirus, as well as address the issues of fairness in how we pay for these vital services. These include people who fund their own care."

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New housing targets 'jeopardise any ambition to level-up country

“Algorithms and formulas can never be a substitute for local knowledge and decision-making by councils and communities who know their areas best."

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LGA responds to RCP call for greater public health funding

"It is clear that public health funding for councils, which provides drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services, represents value for money and helps to relieve pressures on other public services such as criminal justice and the NHS, further down the line."

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LGA responds to Independent Age report on pension credit take-up

"This helpful report should be considered by government as it develops its proposals for the future of adult social care in England, which needs to include not just older people but working-age adults and all those who use and work in social care."

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LGA responds to launch of NHS COVID-19 app

"The launch of the NHS COVID-19 app will help residents, visitors and businesses, along with the councils which support them, to keep track of and isolate future outbreaks."

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LGA responds to APPG report on access to contraception

“Councils have been working hard to maintain and expand access to sexual and reproductive health services, both during and prior to the pandemic, despite severe funding pressures."

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LGA responds to government announcement on Marshal scheme

“This announcement has caused confusion among councils who need urgent clarity from the Government on any extra resources and details on how it should work on the ground."