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Housing estate - building work under construction

LGA responds to DCN survey of landlords selling properties

"These findings are concerning and highlight the need to tackle our severe housing shortage by building more social housing, which are much more affordable than in the private rented sector."

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LGA responds to Shelter research showing 274,000 now homeless

“These figures should be a wake-up call to the need for a cross-departmental government plan to tackle homelessness"

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on children and young people’s mental health

“Early intervention and prevention services play a crucial role in helping children to avoid reaching crisis point in the first place and we support this report’s calls for early access open support. "

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LGA responds to new COVID-19 restrictions announcement

“Councils continue to do all they can to keep their communities safe, while encouraging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. These extra measures are a reminder that COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat, especially with the new Omicron variant and rising case numbers.

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LGA responds to annual fly-tipping statistics

“Fly-tipping is inexcusable. It is not only an eyesore for residents, but a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin. It also costs local taxpayers at least £50 million a year to clear up."

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LGA: Councils key to success of vaccine uptake a year on from first vaccine dose

“The vaccine roll-out programme has been a huge success so far and local authorities have been integral to the roll-out of the programme from the beginning, working closely with the NHS."

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LGA responds to latest alcohol-specific deaths statistics

The latest ONS figures on alcohol-specific deaths in the UK show there was an 18.6 per cent increase in deaths from alcohol-specific causes in 2020 compared with the previous year and was the highest year-on-year increase since records began.

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LGA responds to Ofsted annual report

“We want to work with the Government on a cross-Whitehall strategy that puts children and young people at the heart of our long-term recovery from the pandemic, ensuring all children have the support they need to thrive.”

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LGA responds to extra drug treatment and recovery funding

"People with drug and alcohol problems should be able to get the right support and treatment when they need it, which this comprehensive strategy sets out to achieve"

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LGA responds to the Fostering Network’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021 report

“Foster carers do an outstanding job looking after children who can’t live with their birth families, providing them with the love and security they need to thrive."