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Rise in coronavirus fraudsters offering support to elderly for cash upfront

"Councils will do everything in their power to prosecute fraudsters and seek the toughest penalties for criminals taking advantage in this despicable way."

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LGA responds to new coronavirus measures to protect people at highest risk

"We are ready to coordinate and lead local partners in each community to ensure that there is support for our most vulnerable residents"

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to key workers definition

“Across the country, councils and their staff - are on the frontline in the battle against this disease"

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LGA responds to Coronavirus welfare funding boost

Cllr Richard Watts responds to plans by the Chancellor to invest £7 billion into the welfare system.

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LGA responds to latest homelessness figures

“These figures highlight the extreme pressures homelessness services continue to be under, as a result of rising demand driven by a severe shortage of social housing."

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LGA responds to Fire Safety Bill

“The LGA has been calling for councils and fire services to be given effective powers and meaningful sanctions to ensure residents are safe – and feel safe - in their homes."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to social care funding announcement

"This extra funding will be crucial to support the tireless efforts of council social care staff to continue to support and protect people who rely of social care."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to renters support pledge

Responding to the Government pledge to protect renters amid the coronavirus outbreak, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: “Councils are leading local efforts to support communities as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. They will be working with tenants who are experiencing financial challenges as a result to support them to stay in their homes. Many are already suspending debt recovery and will try and use discretionary funding to support struggling household as quickly and effectively as possible “Councils need the

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to school closures announcement

"Today’s decision provides much needed clarity for head teachers, parents and families."

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LGA responds to government gigabit-speed announcement for new homes

“Digital connectivity is central to thriving communities - with millions of people relying on broadband coverage every day, including businesses and our most vulnerable."