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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

"We are pleased the Government has announced further much-needed funding to help councils continue supporting rough sleepers and keeping them off the street."

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Health precautions urged by councils to combat coronavirus in heatwave

As Britain braces itself for a heatwave this week, councils are urging people to take all necessary health precautions against the rising temperatures, while maintaining social distancing and protecting those most vulnerable to coronavirus.

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LGA responds to Barnado's report on foster care

"Councils continue to do an excellent job ensuring that children have access to support despite the difficulties experienced during the coronavirus pandemic."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and excess deaths in care homes continues to be higher than the five-year average, compared to hospitals which have seen a decline, leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk."

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LGA responds to museums and galleries reopening announcement

"Museums, galleries and libraries have adapted imaginatively to lockdown, providing new and innovative services for their communities, but they have been unable to generate income during this time putting many at risk of closure."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to new construction industry measures

"We are pleased the Government has acted on our call for an extension of the time given to commence planning permissions that would otherwise lapse."

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LGA responds to shielding guidance announcement

"This announcement provides some much-needed clarity on a planned return to normal life for those whose lives have been completely changed by the impact of coronavirus."

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LGA responds to IFS report on coronavirus impact on council finances

"Emergency government funding provided to councils has helped them in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in recent months. Further funding and financial flexibilities are now needed to help councils meet a shortfall which we estimate could reach at least a further £6 billion this year."

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100,000 social homes a year needed as part of COVID-19 recovery - councils warn

A post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 affordable homes a year is needed to provide housing fit for social care, health and other key workers who have fought coronavirus on the frontline and the families of those who lost their lives, a new report by the Local Government Association sets out today.

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Test and Trace scam alert issued by councils

The Local Government Association says councils have received reports of fraudsters attempting to exploit the system through bogus phone calls, emails and text messages which ask for bank card details to cover the cost of the testing kit. The genuine NHS service is free.