Tag: Local Government Association

Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today. All councils can raise council tax by up to 1.99 per cent in 2017/18 to fund local services without the need for a referendum – most […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Local Government Association responds to Scope’s report on Disabled People in Crisis

Local Government Association responds to Scope’s report on Disabled People in Crisis

Responding to a report published by Scope entitled ‘Disabled People in Crisis’, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, said:   “It is simply unacceptable for anyone to be left without the dignified care they need and rely on and it is essential that providers do all they can to stop this from […]

November 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care

LGA responds to Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care

Responding to the Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing spokesman, said:   “Councils work closely with providers to ensure a diverse and quality provider market that gives people the right choice of care options. But despite their best efforts, many councils have […]

October 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Councils can double savings if Government invests in keeping people healthy

Councils can double savings if Government invests in keeping people healthy

For every £1 spent on programmes to keep people healthy, almost double could be saved for the public purse within five years, LGA analysis for the Spending Review reveals today. The Local Government Association, which represents over 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to urgently […]

October 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters across England are going above and beyond their fire prevention work and are now supporting vulnerable people with issues relating to dementia, mental health, domestic abuse, social isolation, childhood obesity and youth unemployment.   Following the transfer of public health duties to local government, the fire and rescue service is now working in partnership […]

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

LGA RESPONDS TO THE AGE UK REPORT SAYING OVER A MILLION OLDER PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO COPE AT HOME WITH ZERO CARE   Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This report highlights the LGA’s very real concerns around decreasing funding for the basic services elderly people have come […]

July 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

Jude, from Staffordshire County Council, fought off competition from 10 other leading lights in local government when she was declared the winner at the LGA annual conference in Harrogate last week. Jude received the accolade from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, and will receive up to £10,000 […]

July 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Three quarters of MPs agree that adult social care funding from government should be protected in a similar way to the NHS for the next five years, a poll published today shows.   The survey carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Local Government Association shows that the majority of MPs from all political […]

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Social care to cost council tax payers £800 a year

Social care to cost council tax payers £800 a year

More than half of what people pay in council tax will soon be spent on caring for vulnerable children and adults, creating a huge squeeze on councils’ ability to fix roads, clean streets and keep libraries open.   New analysis published by the Local Government Association today breaks down how every £1 of council tax […]

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA RESPONDS TO NHS VANGUARD ANNOUNCEMENT ON 29 AREAS OF INTEGRATION

LGA RESPONDS TO NHS VANGUARD ANNOUNCEMENT ON 29 AREAS OF INTEGRATION

Responding to the NHS announcement of 29 Vanguard areas for social care and health integration, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils want to help people live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Evidence has shown that integrating health and social care means people will receive better, […]

March 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund,

LGA responds to PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund,

Responding to the PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund, a Local Government Association spokesman, said:   “This rightly recognises the significant work that councils have had to undertake to make sure that vulnerable people do not suffer at the hands of last-minute government changes to the Better Care Fund.   “Councils, health […]

February 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.   The Local Government Association is calling on the Chancellor to use next month’s Budget to […]

February 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Councils respond to Early Intervention Foundation

Councils respond to Early Intervention Foundation

Responding to the Early Intervention Foundation’s press release on the cost of social problems which affect young people, Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils recognise that investing in early intervention improves the life chances of young people and results in cost savings to the public purse later […]

February 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Welfare cuts will increase risk of homelessness, warn councils

Welfare cuts will increase risk of homelessness, warn councils

The removal of government funding for local welfare ‘safety net’ schemes in April will be an expensive mistake which could put thousands at greater risk of losing their homes and cost the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds, councils are warning.   New analysis by the Local Government Association shows that local welfare schemes […]

January 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to National Audit office report on Better Care Fund

LGA responds to National Audit office report on Better Care Fund

Responding to the National Audit Office report ‘Planning for the Better Care Fund’ on the Better Care Fund, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “This report fails to recognise the significant work that councils and local health organisations have had to undertake to make sure that vulnerable people do […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

Services for elderly and disabled residents are in danger of spiraling into crisis after new analysis reveals a £4.3 billion funding black hole by the end of this decade, social care experts are warning.   The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales and the Association of Directors […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to CQC’s latest report on the state of health care in England

LGA responds to CQC’s latest report on the state of health care in England

Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the state of health care and adult social care in England, an LGA spokesman said: “Councils work closely with local care providers to try to continuously improve services for people who rely on care and their carers. “We know that more still needs to be done. We […]

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
LGA & NHS confederation respond to Barker Commission Report

LGA & NHS confederation respond to Barker Commission Report

Responding to the Barker Commission report proposing the reshaping of health and social care around need, a spokesman from the Local Government Association, said:   “This is a helpful and thoughtful report much of which echoes what local government has long been saying about the need for integrated health and social care and the urgent […]

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Supporting an ageing population requires joint work from  range of partners

Supporting an ageing population requires joint work from range of partners

Responding to Age UK’s report on ‘Housing in Later Life’, a Local Government Association spokesman said:   “Looking after older people is one of the most important jobs councils do and we are committed to ensuring our elderly residents have access to the right housing when they need it most.   “Supporting an ageing population […]

September 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Latest surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

Latest surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

Responding to latest Health and Social Care Information Centre statistics showing a significant increase in diabetes prescriptions, Cllr Jonathan McShane of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The sheer numbers of people with diabetes shows the very real need to help more of the population improve their diets and lead healthy lifestyles. Diabetes has a […]

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