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LGA responds to Ofsted report on supporting SEND in mainstream schools

“It is good that this research recognises that multi-agency support for pupils with SEND often complements the support offered by schools. However, the continued rise in demand for overall and new education, health and care (EHC) plans remains a pressing issue for councils as they strive to provide every child with the best possible support to meet their needs."

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LGA responds to new figures for children and young people on education, health and care plans

"All children, including those with SEND, will undoubtedly need additional support in the coming weeks and months due to the impact of the pandemic".

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LGA responds to Sport England’s Year 1 Implementation Plan of their Uniting the Movement strategy

“This is an exciting implementation plan that will enable people to return to the activities they most enjoy while partners and providers receive the necessary support to rebuild from the pandemic."

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LGA responds to ending of ban on eviction enforcement

“It is vital there is a plan in place to support and protect households to stay in their homes, in as many cases as possible."

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LGA responds to DEFRA’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare

"The Government should balance the need to educate consumers alongside the need for enforcement, particularly in terms of poor welfare overseas, and it must ensure councils can practicably take action in response to new regulations."

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LGA: Councils respond to the Queen’s Speech

“Councils know their local areas best and stand ready to help lead efforts to ensure the new legislative agenda set out in today’s Queen’s Speech."

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LGA responds to Skills and Post-16 Education Bill in Queen’s Speech

“It is clear that many people will need to reskill for new jobs after the pandemic and it is good that the Queen’s Speech has included plans to attempt to address this."

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LGA responds to Health and Care Bill announcement in the Queen’s Speech

There should be local flexibility, with health and local government leaders working as equal partners, to establish the ICS Health and Care Partnership in a way that works for each area and builds on existing effective partnerships.

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LGA responds to Queen’s Speech Planning Bill

“Councils want to work with government to reform and strengthen our planning system, ensuring it is locally-led, and that communities are able to shape their local areas, have their say on new developments in their neighbourhoods, and see they are supported by the right infrastructure. "

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LGA responds to Building Safety Bill in Queen’s Speech

"This Bill cannot come soon enough to reform our broken building safety system and enshrine tough new legislation into law."