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COVID-19 council funding crisis: LGA statement on Minister comments

"We are pleased that the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year as they lead communities through the COVID-19 crisis. We urge the Government to bring forward details of this plan as soon as possible."

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LGA: Beach safety funding needed to prevent chaotic scenes

The “rush to the sun” following easing of lockdown restrictions has become a serious challenge for councils responsible for beach safety, particularly as many lifeguard services have been withdrawn.

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LGA statement on IFS report on COVID-19 business grant scheme

“If all eligible businesses can be contacted and paid, and funding for the discretionary scheme is spent in full, we estimate there could be an underspend of £600 million."

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Councils call for suspension of No Recourse to Public Funds during COVID-19 crisis

The No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition needs to be suspended by government so that all vulnerable individuals are entitled to receive support during the coronavirus crisis, councils urge today.

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LGA responds to NAO report on social care during coronavirus

This helpful report rightly focuses on the fundamental role and importance of adult social care during this pandemic, as well as contributing to the wider debate on what lessons should be learned from this entire experience.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on one million carers who are over 70

“Pressures just to maintain existing standards of care and support continue to rise and this is why we need a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care as soon as possible.”

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HCLG Committee cladding report – LGA statement

"The LGA shares the Committee’s view that three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, the remediation of dangerous buildings is proceeding too slowly. Social landlords have been quick to address the issue, but progress in the private sector has been unacceptably slow."

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LGA: Over a million new green jobs could be created by 2050

Nearly 700,000 direct jobs could be created in England’s low-carbon and renewable energy economy by 2030, rising to more than 1.18 million by 2050, the Local Government Association reveals today in a new report.

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LGA responds to ADASS budget survey report

“Councils are doing all they can to support care providers in their areas but pressures clearly remain, with our own commissioned research suggesting that providers face extra costs of £6.6 billion by the end of September this year."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to test and trace service figures

"Councils remain ready to work with the Government so they can use their experience and expertise to help contact and trace these people."