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LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review

Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”

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LGA responds to Early Years report on nurseries funding gap

“We have particular concerns around provision for disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs and disabilities if funding rates continue to fall below the cost of delivering services."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner's report into speech and language support for vulnerable children

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, responds to a report from the Children’s Commissioner warning that too many vulnerable young children are missing out on the vital speech and language help they need to get ready for school.

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SEND crisis: 130 extra children with special needs being supported by councils every day

More than 130 extra children and young people with special needs are being supported by councils every day, new figures reveal, prompting calls for government funding to tackle a growing “national special needs emergency”.

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LGA responds to IFS research on Sure Start centres

“It is inevitable that without new investment from government in children’s services, councils will face the difficult but unavoidable decision of having to cut or close early help services such as children’s centres."

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Schools staying with their council more likely to remain good/outstanding

“These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on children deprived of their liberty

"Every child in a secure placement will receive significant support from their council to make sure that they are safe, that their needs are being met and to ensure that they are only in that placement for as long as is necessary and appropriate."

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Councils remain in the dark over vital youth offending cash

“Councils are determined to do all they can to protect young people and keep them safe, but their efforts are being seriously hampered by the lack of clarity around such a vital source of funding."

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LGA responds to Fostering Network call for more foster families

“It is no exaggeration to say that the contribution foster carers make to improving the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable children is often heroic, changing the lives of children across the country every day."

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LGA responds to new programme to protect children at risk of exploitation

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement of a new government programme to protect children at risk of exploitation.