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Coronavirus: LGA responds to publication of Pillar 2 testing data

“The most important thing is that the public and those working on the frontline get a complete picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods and in our communities."

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LGA responds to ONS figures on coronavirus care homes deaths

"Nearly a third of all deaths in care homes involved coronavirus and we need to do all we can to keep drastically reducing this. The Government’s announcement today of regular testing of care home residents and staff will help with preventing the spread of infection, but we must remain vigilant."

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LGA responds to tourism funding announcement

“We are pleased that the Government recognises the important role that tourism plays in boosting the UK economy and that it has provided this much needed funding."

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LGA responds to Which? report on support for vulnerable people to access food

"We urge anybody who is struggling with access to food, whether they are part of the shielded cohort or vulnerable for other reasons, to contact their local council who will be able to help put in place arrangements to support them."

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LGA responds to launch of second phase of independent review into drugs misuse

"Working with government alongside local NHS, community groups and other partners, councils want to ensure everyone gets the support they need wherever possible."

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LGA responds to BPPA statement on reopening of pubs

“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with."

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LGA responds to COVID-19 council funding package

“The further £500 million extra funding to help councils meet extra COVID-19 costs pressures is helpful but, in the context of the funding gap councils still face, substantial additional funding will be needed and we await further details on how this money will be distributed."

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LGA responds to the Government’s return to school plan

"Councils want all children to return to school to continue with their education and we also want to work with the Government, education leaders and schools to make sure the national effort is a success."

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LGA analysis: COVID-19 council funding gap widens to £7.4 billion

The Local Government Association is calling for the Government to urgently bring forward details of its comprehensive plan to ensure the financial sustainability of councils this year and next.

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Worryingly the number of people dying at home is still higher than the five-year average, which could suggest that some are choosing not to go to hospital or receive help elsewhere."