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Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

LGA responds to IFS report on mental health impact of coronavirus

“As we move into the next phase, councils’ unique insight and understanding of their communities means they are best placed to lead local efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on their residents’ mental health and wellbeing"

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LGA responds to £63 million local welfare assistance fund

“Councils have responded quickly and effectively to the complex challenges faced by local communities and this funding will help them continue to provide much needed crisis support to households who are struggling to afford food, fuel and other essentials."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, despite the encouraging weekly decline in the number of care home deaths attributable to COVID-19."

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LGA responds to primary schools announcement

"Councils want all children to return to school but it is imperative that pupils return to school only when it is safe for them to do so and schools are best placed to make those decisions based on their own individual circumstances."

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LGA responds to DCN leisure facilities survey

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure facilities which provide thousands of people and families with access to affordable gyms, swimming pools and exercise opportunities they would otherwise not have."

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LGA responds to UASC funding announcement

“We are pleased that Government is providing additional funding for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. This is positive recognition of the valuable role councils play in providing support to children and young people starting a new life in the UK."

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LGA responds to national COVID-19 social care support taskforce

“We all want to see people working in all care settings receive the support, training and resources they need, which is also a real opportunity to tackle persistent issues which have faced the sector, including the recruitment and retention of staff.”

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LGA: avoid loan sharks exploiting COVID-19 crisis as average benefit claims up 1,000 per cent

“We know many people are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis, but loan sharks should be avoided at all costs."

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LGA responds to Age UK report on coronavirus care costs

"We know that care providers are facing extra costs during this time and we have worked closely with them since the beginning of the pandemic to understand what they are. The vast majority of councils have helped providers with these extra costs to the best of their ability, considering all of the evidence."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS Volunteer Responder scheme expansion

“This national volunteering scheme is an important back-up to councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis.”