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LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus

“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."

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LGA: Council tax support grant extension needed to protect low-income households struggling to pay

Latest figures show more than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year – this remains the highest number since records began in 2015. 

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LGA: Funding for almost 10 million pothole repairs this year lost from council budgets

Over 9.5 million potholes could be repaired or prevented by councils with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year – the equivalent of 64,000 repairs in every local council area.

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LGA responds to death of James Brokenshire MP

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the announcement of the sad passing of James Brokenshire MP.

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LGA responds to Skills for Care report on the value of adult social care

“Our dedicated care workers rightly need as much support as possible, including urgent action on pay, conditions, skills and training."

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LGA: ‘No referral’ early support hubs needed nationwide to help tackle rise in mental health issues in young people

Early support hubs which allow young people to access mental health support without referrals should be made available nationwide to help tackle a rise in mental health issues during the pandemic.

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LGA responds to Diabetes UK warning that almost one in 10 people will have diabetes by 2030

“Obesity and its close association with Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and these figures are a worrying wake-up call."

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LGA responds to Health Foundation public health funding call

"Public health services are vital to tackling the health inequalities which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and are preventing us from levelling up the country."

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LGA responds to government review of health and social care leadership

“Social care is a complex arena spanning multiple partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors. For a long time, there have been significant challenges, including financial and workforce pressures and the COVID-19 Pandemic has only exacerbated these issues."

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LGA responds to a HCLG committee report on devolution

LGA responds to a HCLG committee report on devolution