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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."


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."


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."


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."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to £2.6bn funding for new school places for children with SEND

“To further support the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities, the Government should urgently complete its ongoing review of the SEND system"

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to Spending Review announcement £500m funding for supporting families

“Councils want to work with government to prioritise a child-centred recovery plan which offers the brightest future for children and families as we recover from the pandemic – it is essential this plan goes beyond the First 1000 days so that councils can intervene early at whichever stage families need it."

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LGA: Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year

“Despite increasing their budgets for children’s services by diverting funds from other areas, councils are still overspending due to soaring demand for support which is likely to increase further as the long-term impacts of the pandemic become clearer."

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LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care

“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."

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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.