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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the impact of COVID-19

"Coronavirus has starkly exposed and widened existing health inequalities and this report is another important reminder of the need to prioritise public health in our attempts to build back better from the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on easing restrictions

"Whilst we are all keen to get back to normal as soon as possible, we all still need to remain vigilant and use common sense wherever necessary."

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LGA responds to Building Safety Bill

"To be most effective, this new regime will need to be properly funded and action is also needed to address the chronic shortage of fire engineers and other competent professionals in the UK today."

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LGA responds to King’s Fund report on inequalities in obesity rates across England

“Tackling our health inequalities will require significant long-term investment in public health services."

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LGA - 430% increase in B&B spend for people who are homeless reveals urgency for more social housing

Councils in England spent £142 million placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts in 2019/20, compared with £26.7 million in 2010/11 - a 430 per cent increase.

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LGA responds to interim advice on how most vulnerable could be offered COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn

“Any decision on offering a booster jab later this year, to protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of winter, will be supported by councils and their directors of public health in our collective national effort to end the pandemic."

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LGA responds to launch of new planning apps

“Councils want to work with government to deliver a locally-led planning system which enables communities to shape and define the area they live in."

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LGA responds to Environmental Audit Committee report on biodiversity and ecosystems

"It is good that the Environmental Audit Committee’s report recognises that the Government should prioritise effective implementation of net gain into the planning system."

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Younger people more susceptible to being scammed

The LGA warns that text and call-based scams are on the rise and urges everyone to remind themselves of tell-tale signs that you may have been contacted by a scammer.

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LGA responds to NAO report on test and trace

"As this report highlights, local authorities’ involvement in testing and tracing has increased significantly but challenges remain, including the need for greater data sharing to help them deal with localised outbreaks."