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Local public health services at risk amid funding uncertainty

The LGA is calling on the Government to urgently publish the Public Health Grant funding allocations. Time is running out for councils to set budgets and spending plans and to make critical decisions on renewing contracts for vital public health services.

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Children’s social care implementation strategy: LGA response

“The funding announced, while helpful, falls short of addressing the £1.6 billion shortfall – estimated prior to inflation – required each year simply to maintain current service levels."

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‘Councils determined to improve housing conditions’ – LGA responds to damp and mould findings

Councils continue to fully support efforts to inspect homes and drive up standards in both the social housing and private rented sector.

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Support and investment needed for adaptation - LGA responds to Climate Change Committee report

“Councils need support and investment now to help close the gap between the changing climate and our readiness for it - the costs of inaction is far greater."

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Penalties must act as deterrent for fly-tipping – LGA responds to annual fly-tipping statistics

“Fly-tipping is inexcusable. It is not only an eyesore for residents, but a serious environmental and public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin. It also costs local taxpayers millions of pounds a year to clear up."

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‘Local leaders key to addressing hidden unemployment’ - LGA response to Centre for Cities Outlook 2023 report

“Encouraging the estimated three million ‘hidden unemployed’ back into work or training, as highlighted in this report, will only be achieved if local leaders across our towns and cities are at the forefront of the response."

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Councils warn of ‘alarming’ pressures on households this winter – LGA responds to ONS winter pressure data

"This data is stark evidence of the impact of the rise in the cost of living on families."

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Councils call for government to recommit to sugar levy – LGA responds to Cambridge University study into sugar levy

“This compelling piece of evidence shows the impact the sugar levy has had on addressing rising levels of childhood obesity."

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Protecting those in poverty a critical priority - LGA response to JRF report on poverty

As this report highlights, targeted government support does help, but millions of people still face uncertainty due to inflation and being unable to pay rising bills.

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‘Local audit is in crisis’ – LGA responds to NAO report on Timeliness of Local Auditor Reporting

“Effective external audit and clear and transparent financial reporting are vital. However local audit is in crisis, which is a serious concern for councils.”