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SEND measures ‘do not address cost and demand issues’– LGA on Government’s Improvement Plan 

“ It is good the Government has set out new national standards which will clarify the support available, and the focus on early intervention will also ensure needs are met more effectively."


‘Councils central to supporting everyone into work’: LGA responds to latest NEET figures

“It is vital that young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, including being offered the right careers advice and guidance."


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."


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."


Major child safeguarding concerns in out-of-school settings prompt renewed calls from councils for tougher powers

Tougher powers are needed for councils to oversee and regulate out-of-school settings (OOSS) – including being able to shut down illegal schools – after an independent report commissioned by the Government uncovered major safeguarding concerns. The Department for Education funded a pilot in 16 council areas over an 18-month period into the oversight of OOSS, examining safeguarding risks and existing legal powers available to councils. OOSS is a wide range of provision including uniformed organisations, sports and leisure clubs, supplementary schools, faith-based organisations and arts


LGA responds to new careers advice programme for children

Everybody should have the chance to work or retrain, to help increase their aspirations and skills to realise their potential. The labour market has changed significantly in recent years and continues to adapt, so people need joined up local support.


LGA responds to ADCS safeguarding report

“These figures highlight the increasing numbers of vulnerable children in need of vital support and the huge pressures on council services", said Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board.

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LGA responds to Ofsted Annual Report 2021/22

It is positive that this report recognises significant improvements from councils in providing children’s services, despite the many challenges they face in the education, said Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board.


LGA responds to IFS report on impact of Autumn Statement on education funding

Effective, high quality early years provision makes a significant difference to young children, says Cllr Louise Gittins, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board.

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LGA responds to PAC report on children’s social care innovation

“It is good the Committee backs our call to build on the success of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme as councils face both financial pressures and increasing numbers of children requiring support for more complex needs."