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LGA responds to immigration points-based system statement

'As a country we face significant skills challenges, with one of the most serious being in our social care system. We need to do what we can to ensure the social care workforce can be maintained.'

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Staff working in care homes and those providing care in people’s own homes have done an incredible job, in extremely challenging circumstances, to protect those they care for throughout this crisis."

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LGA responds to ONS figures on coronavirus care homes deaths

"Nearly a third of all deaths in care homes involved coronavirus and we need to do all we can to keep drastically reducing this. The Government’s announcement today of regular testing of care home residents and staff will help with preventing the spread of infection, but we must remain vigilant."

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LGA responds to Which? report on support for vulnerable people to access food

"We urge anybody who is struggling with access to food, whether they are part of the shielded cohort or vulnerable for other reasons, to contact their local council who will be able to help put in place arrangements to support them."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on social care workers’ COVID-19 deaths

"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital social care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well."

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LGA responds to shielding guidance announcement

"This announcement provides some much-needed clarity on a planned return to normal life for those whose lives have been completely changed by the impact of coronavirus."

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LGA responds to ADASS report on coronavirus impact on social care

Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the second part of the annual Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) budget survey, which focuses on the impact of coronavirus on social care budgets.

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LGA responds to NAO report on social care during coronavirus

This helpful report rightly focuses on the fundamental role and importance of adult social care during this pandemic, as well as contributing to the wider debate on what lessons should be learned from this entire experience.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on one million carers who are over 70

“Pressures just to maintain existing standards of care and support continue to rise and this is why we need a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care as soon as possible.”

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LGA responds to ADASS budget survey report

“Councils are doing all they can to support care providers in their areas but pressures clearly remain, with our own commissioned research suggesting that providers face extra costs of £6.6 billion by the end of September this year."