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LGA responds to HMICFRS State of Fire report

Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee responds to the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services Management Committee State of Fire report.

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LGA responds to announcement on supported accommodation for young people

“Councils want the very best for the children in their care and care leavers. Regulating all accommodation for these young people up to the age of 18 is a positive step towards ensuring they live in the right homes for their needs."

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LGA responds to annual waste collection statistics

“These figures are testament to the hard work of councils in maintaining levels of recycling and diverting millions of tonnes of waste going to landfill, especially during the pressures of lockdown restrictions"

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LGA responds to Migration Advisory Committee report on relaxing immigration rules for care workers

“Care workers should be on the shortage occupation list to help recognise and fill these essential roles, as this report recommends, but we also need a lasting, long-term solution.”

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LGA responds to DHSC announcement on package to protect care sector this winter

“Councils and care providers have done an incredible job throughout the pandemic and continue to do all they can to support and protect those in their care.

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LGA response to The House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation

Responding to a new report from The House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture Tourism and Sport Board, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: “The LGA is pleased to see that this report acknowledges the need for a radical shift in thinking and delivery at national level to better reflect the contribution sport and recreation makes to wider policy objectives. In addition to their vital role in supporting the health of the nation, increasing activity levels and tackling inequalities. “We fully support the

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Avoid illegal dog sellers this Christmas, councils warn

"Buying pets from licensed sellers ensures the animals meet certain regulations and will have come from safe conditions. It also means that the seller can be traced if any issues arise after purchase."

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LGA: Extend outbreak funding as part of Plan B to protect local contact tracing support

Councils across the country continue to lead the local fight against the pandemic. However, the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund is set to end in March 2022, which poses a threat to councils' ability to ramp-up efforts in response to the Omicron variant.

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LGA responds to NAO report on regulation of private renting

“Councils want all tenants to be able to live in safe and secure, high-quality housing and can play a key role in driving up standards in the private rented sector."

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LGA calls for urgent legislation for remote council meetings in light of Omicron variant

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, calls for urgent legislation to facilitate councils being able to host remote meetings in light of the Omicron variant.