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LGA and Health Foundation: Major health factors to be explored by councils in pioneering programme

Transforming our communities to become better places to be born, grow, live and age are at the heart of a major new programme launched and led by councils

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LGA responds to government’s Net Zero Strategy

"As leaders of local communities, only councils can mobilise and join up the collective action to achieve net zero in our villages, towns, and cities, and are able to impact on more than a third of local emissions through housing, transport and the natural environment."

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LGA - Climate emergency: Invest in councils to green retrofit over 1,000 homes a day

“From decarbonising building stock, reducing the number of car journeys and delivering clean energy projects, councils have influence over a third of emissions from their areas and have a pivotal role to play in addressing the climate emergency.”

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LGA responds to IPPR report on disparity and health inequalities

“This report adds to the stark evidence, highlighted by the pandemic, about what keeps people healthy and what else needs to be done to spend more years in good health."

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LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the sad death of Sir David Amess MP.

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LGA: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues

School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on need for 10% rise in council tax for social care just to ‘stand still’

“Social care was facing an uncertain future even before the pandemic, which has exposed and exacerbated some fundamental weaknesses in how we continue to pay for and provide care and support."

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LGA responds to Skills for Care’s state of adult social care and workforce report

“This latest report confirms what has been a worrying trend for some years, of persistently high staff turnover and vacancy rates in social care, adding further pressures onto already overstretched services."

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Housing waiting lists could double next year with one in 10 stuck in queue for more than 5 years – new research

The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use this month’s Spending Review to give councils the powers and funding to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, which would not only achieve a third of the Government’s annual housing target but improve the public finances over 30 years by £24.5 billion.

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LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus

“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."