“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"
“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."
"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."
“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."
“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."
“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.”
"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."