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800 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

The rapid year-on-year increase in child referrals is further evidence of the current huge pressures on children’s services. Alongside that, the rising number of adult victims is adding to demand for housing and adult social care.

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LGA responds to Sport England Active Lives Survey

“Many of the facilities run by councils are ageing, particularly swimming pools, and could be updated to better meet the needs of communities and be more energy efficient and cost-effective to run."

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LGA responds to Secretary of State for Education announcement on adoption

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board Cllr Judith Blake, responds to an announcement by the Secretary of State for Education about reforms to the Adoption Support Fund.

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on young people's future health

“We support the call for a joined-up, whole government approach which addresses the fragmented funding streams and helps councils to create communities in which young people thrive."

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LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

“This report shows that despite severe funding pressures, quality ratings across social care have been maintained overall, with 84 per cent of providers now rated as good or outstanding, up from 82 per cent last year."

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LGA responds to Ofsted report on home education

“We share Ofsted’s concerns that an increasing number of families of children with complex needs are being encouraged to educate their children at home."

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LGA responds to loneliness fund

“Councils are ideally placed to lead on social prescribing and tackling loneliness in partnership with voluntary sector organisations, and this funding will help them deliver these vital services."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to Devolution White Paper

“It is encouraging that today’s Queen’s Speech has signalled a renewed energy in favour of English devolution."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to Building Safety Bill

“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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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to Environment Bill

National climate change expectations and air quality targets are unlikely to be met unless councils are given long-term funding, devolved powers and easier access to complex government funding pots.