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LGA responds to Skills for Care workforce report

"Urgent action is needed for the care workforce including on pay, professionalisation, skills and training. We look forward to working with Skills for Care to help address this."

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LGA responds to Treasury one-year Spending Review announcement

“It is hugely disappointing that councils will only get a one-year funding settlement for the third year in a row."

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on support for unpaid carers

“Every part of the care and support sector is under intense pressure due to the current crisis and councils are doing all they can to support carers and those they care for through this."

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LGA responds to improvements in housing support for vulnerable people

"This is an important first step to addressing councils’ concerns about the quality, costs and oversight of some supported housing accommodation. We also look forward to seeing the detail of the pilot work."

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LGA – Surge in lockdown recycling collection

Eight in 10 councils saw an increase in the amount of recycling being collected since the outbreak and national lockdown.

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LGA responds to NAO broadband roll-out report

"The Government should use the upcoming Spending Review as an opportunity to empower councils to place a local digital champion in every local area to help facilitate delivery and support providers to install gigabit-capable broadband as quickly as possible."

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LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

“The unequal impact of COVID-19 on people using and working in social care needs to be addressed as part of future reforms, as well as building on the importance of closer working and local approaches."

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LGA - Restore £1.7 billion early intervention funding ahead of surge in children’s services demand

The LGA said councils are bracing themselves for a rise in referrals for support that would have normally been made when children were being seen regularly by social workers and health workers. Some children and families will need significant interventions, including child protection plans or even coming into the care system. But for many, they will just need some extra help to get through a difficult period. That could be low level mental health support, sessions with a youth worker, understanding how to support children showing difficult behaviours, or working through parental conflict.

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figure

“Rising coronavirus cases across the country mean that we all now, more than ever, have a responsibility to get ourselves tested when needed and for sharing our contacts on request.

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LGA responds to latest drug-related deaths figures

“Opiates, new psychoactive substances and addiction to medicines are challenges which councils’ public health teams want to focus their recovery efforts on, during and beyond the pandemic."