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LGA responds to final extension of Covid Local Support Grant

"This latest continuation of funding will help councils to provide much-needed support to low income households at risk of poverty and financial hardship, including being able to provide further targeted help to families entitled to Free School Meals during the summer holiday period. Councils can now plan ahead into the early autumn."

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LGA – Library investment key to helping children catch up following pandemic

Investing in libraries is key to driving the national recovery from COVID-19 and enabling children to catch up on lost learning, the Local Government Association, said today.

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LGA responds to publication of ICS Design Framework

"“It is good to see NHS England and NHS Improvement’s inclusive approach to developing the Integrated Care System (ICS) design framework. The LGA has been consulted on the scope, tone and content of the document and many of our concerns have been addressed."

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LGA responds to national offer day for school places

"Councils have worked closely with schools during the pandemic to ensure no child goes without a place. Despite an increase in applicants, the number of parents offered any of their ranked preference primary schools has increased to more than 98 per cent, with the equivalent offer rate for secondary schools maintained at more than 95 per cent."

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LGA: Councils need to be at heart of levelling up ambitions

“The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill should be used as an opportunity to tackle our fragmented employment and skills system, with a greater role for councils and employers to help create jobs and training opportunities in their local communities."

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LGA responds to independent review of children’s social care

“We support the ambition of the independent review of children’s social care to make sure children, including those in care, grow up in loving, stable and safe environments.

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LGA responds to mandatory vaccinations for workers in care homes

Cllr David Fothergill responds to the Government’s decision to make vaccination a condition of deployment for anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care.

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LGA: Local leadership crucial in climate change challenge

“By working in partnership with government, councils can continue to shape their local areas to help achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner.”

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on the adult social care market

“Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS and as this report reiterates, action is urgently needed for the care workforce including on pay, conditions, professionalisation, skills and training."

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LGA responds to ADASS Activity Survey Report

“Social care and its 1.6 million-strong workforce have risen to the unprecedented challenges caused by coronavirus, doing all they can to help keep those who draw upon these services safe and well."