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Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

LGA responds to CQC report on use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing."

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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 Health and Social Care Committee report on social care funding and workforce

“This helpful report reinforces our calls for a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care"

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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 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 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."

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LGA responds to new guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable

“To help deliver this again in the second wave, councils need the necessary funding, data, information and personnel on the ground to inform and support their communities, alongside effective testing and contact tracing."

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LGA responds to Independent Age report on older people's mental health

“We need a new national focus on helping everyone stay mentally well, including those affected by COVID-19, backed-up by funding for councils to spend with the voluntary and community sector on meeting local mental wellbeing needs."

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LGA responds to PHE report on voluntary sugar reduction

"It is vital that councils are able to decide how the hundreds of millions of pounds raised from the levy is invested, to ensure that our children get the greatest start in life."