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Barnardo’s warning of impact of Health and Care Bill on young carers – LGA statement

“Young carers do an amazing job but it is vital that they are not asked to provide a level of support that is detrimental to their wellbeing or is beyond their capability."

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LGA responds to Commission on Young Lives ‘Out of Harms Way’ report

Responding to the Commission on Young Lives report into children’s social care, suggesting it is potentially unfit for purpose, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Keeping children and young people safe is one of the most important roles that councils have. However, a huge increase in demand at a time when council budgets have been significantly reduced is making it increasingly difficult to carry out this role effectively for all children. Despite increasing children’s social care budgets by over £1 billion over the

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LGA responds to Children's Society survey on county lines

“Councils’ youth offending teams have an exceptional record of reducing youth crime and making a real difference to young people’s lives, but they are under huge pressure after seeing their government funding halved over the last decade."

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LGA responds to Ofsted annual report

“We want to work with the Government on a cross-Whitehall strategy that puts children and young people at the heart of our long-term recovery from the pandemic, ensuring all children have the support they need to thrive.”

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LGA responds to the Fostering Network’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021 report

“Foster carers do an outstanding job looking after children who can’t live with their birth families, providing them with the love and security they need to thrive."

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LGA responds to NAO report on school funding

“Councils face significant financial challenges to deliver much-needed SEND support to all those who need it and to meet rising demand, reporting a spending deficit of £675 million last year."

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LGA responds to ADCS figures on home education

"Although most parents and carers provide a good home education, the LGA is concerned that the pandemic has led to increasing numbers of children receiving education outside the classroom and missing out on the benefits that a school environment brings, such as safeguarding and learning and socialising with other children."

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LGA: Huge spending on children’s and adult social care not enough to support everyone, councils warn

New analysis by the LGA shows that social care-providing authorities, who want to be able to support all children and adults to lead an equal life, are now spending more than 60 per cent of their outgoings on these essential services, underlining the urgent need for action to address immediate pressures now.

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LGA responds to ‘Children in crisis’ report

"Councils want to work with government on a child-centred, cross-government pandemic recovery plan which offers the very best future for children and families."

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LGA responds to warning over children’s mental health care

“Mental health needs to be at the heart of a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, including investment in community-based services, such as youth services. Health and wellbeing should be intrinsically linked to a child-led education recovery plan."