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LGA responds to £30m Waking Watch Relief Fund announcement

"This fund is good news to help address the ongoing costs to leaseholders of waking watches and reflects what the LGA has long-called for."

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LGA responds to plans to stagger reopening of secondary schools in January

“It is vital that the expertise of local public health teams is used to help with the logistics and rollout of the plan, while government needs to urgently publish guidance that supports this announcement to provide clarity for schools, address questions which currently remain unanswered, and takes account of local needs and capacity challenges.”

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LGA responds to provisional 2021/22 Local Government Finance Settlement

"More than 85 per cent of the potential core funding increase next year is dependent on councils increasing council tax by up to 5 per cent next year."

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LGA responds to Which? report on Gigabit Broadband Connectivity

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, LGA Digital Connectivity spokesperson comments on the Which? Gigabit Advisory Group’s report on broadband connectivity.

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LGA responds to government housing announcement

“We have been clear all along that algorithms and formulas can never be a substitute for local knowledge and decision-making by councils and communities who know their areas best."

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LGA responds to first week of COVID-19 vaccination figures

"Local knowledge and expertise will be crucial in encouraging everyone from all parts of the community to get vaccinated. Councils’ unique relationship with the people they represent mean they are well placed to reach out to those in the priority groups and beyond."

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LGA responds to government announcement of coronavirus testing in schools

“Councils want to work with schools and local health teams to do all they can to ensure staff, pupils, parents and visitors can be in school settings, safely and securely, without risk of passing on coronavirus.”

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LGA responds to number of deaths of homeless people

“Efforts to get people sleeping rough off the streets and stop people from becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic, has shown that it is possible to make a significant difference to the numbers of people forced to sleep on the streets."

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Developers yet to seek planning permission for more than a million earmarked homes – LGA research

The LGA’s new analysis, compiled following a survey of council heads of planning, estimates that more than a third (1,003,600) of the 2,676,200 homes allocated in current local plans in England have not even been submitted into the planning system.

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Local government early years peer review programme hailed in independent evaluation

The Early Years Local Government Programme has been instrumental in helping councils shape priorities and improve services and prospects for children and families, an independent external evaluation has found.