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LGA: New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice on renewal

Excluding councils from the Government’s newly created Cultural Renewal Taskforce removes the local voice on cultural renewal, the Local Government Association warns. 

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Coronavirus: LGA statement on schools reopening plans

“Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority."

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LGA responds to joint report on £1bn Youth Guarantee, education and employment support

“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased."

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LGA responds to Barnardo’s report on children’s services

"This report echoes our concerns about the welfare of vulnerable children during the coronavirus crisis and adds further support to our longstanding call for children’s services to be properly funded by the Government."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to expansion of testing and contact tracing announcement

“Councils have a unique understanding of their communities and are ideally placed with the skills, knowledge and experience on the ground to help ramp up the level of testing and contact tracing necessary to defeat this disease."

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LGA responds to ADASS survey on adult social care provider support

“This survey shows councils are doing all they can to support care providers despite being under huge pressure themselves to combat coronavirus and protect our elderly and most vulnerable."

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Coronavirus: LGA statement on local government funding crisis

“Extra funding for councils will be helpful but they will need up to four times the funding they have been allocated by government so far."

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Coronavirus: councils need powers to close schools with new clusters of COVID-19

“The safety of staff, parents and families is absolutely paramount."

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Coronavirus: councils issue beach safety warning

People are being urged to think carefully before considering travelling to a beach this weekend and to check it is open and safe to visit.