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LGA responds to Spending Review housing funding announcement

“With council housing waiting lists set to potentially nearly double next year, now is the time to let councils embark on an ambitious post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 social homes for rent a year, which as well as reducing homelessness would also deliver a £14.5 billion boost to the economy.”

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LGA responds to additional Spending Review funding for road repairs

“This new investment is good news and will help councils to support their communities and help tackle our local road repairs backlog."

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LGA responds to Spending Review Levelling Up Fund

Commenting on the Government’s new Levelling Up Fund announced in today’s Spending Review, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board said:

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LGA responds to Spending Review Restart programme for long term unemployed

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions board, comments on the Government’s new £2.9 billion Restart programme to support the long term unemployed back into employment.

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LGA responds to Spending Review UK Shared Prosperity Fund announcement

Cllr Kevin Bentley comments on the government’s announcement that local pilots and £1.5 billion of funding a year would be promised in a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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LGA responds to NAO report on the supply of PPE during the pandemic

​​​​​​​“Care home staff and those working in people’s homes have been doing an incredible job in extremely challenging circumstances throughout this crisis."

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner for England’s report on the future of children’s social care

“Children’s services were already under strain prior to the pandemic, but those pressures have been exacerbated by COVID-19."

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Some rough sleepers could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid risk of infection

Some people sleeping rough in some areas could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid a risk of infection in unsafe settings, due to shortfalls in funding and appropriate accommodation for councils to use, a new report for the Local Government Association warns today.

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Councils respond to COVID-19 Winter Plan

“Councils have been calling for urgent certainty and clarity about what to expect after the national lockdown ends and it is good that the Government has listened and provided this much-needed announcement."

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LGA: Public health funding boost needed to fuel post-pandemic recovery

Vital public health services such as drug and alcohol treatment, early years and school aged support, weight management and sexual health services need urgent investment in the Spending Review if the country is to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, councils say today.