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Coronavirus: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services

"Councils will need further funding and financial flexibilities in the weeks and months ahead to meet ongoing COVID-19 pressures and to keep services running normally."  

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LGA responds to Children's Society report on financial hardship

Responding to the Children’s Society report which found long-term and sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families, especially those affected by coronavirus, with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:

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Coronavirus: future of early years providers uncertain without funding commitment

More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason.

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LGA responds to ONS figures showing annual rise in NEETs

“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS track and trace service

“COVID-19 is best understood as a pattern of local outbreaks, rather than a national pandemic with a similar impact in every community, which is why councils as local leaders have a fundamental role to play in the test and trace service."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

“Social care is on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. 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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Coronavirus: LGA responds to rough sleeping announcement

“Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe, long-term housing with access to wider support they might need."

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LGA responds to Transport Secretary funding announcement

“This funding is good news for local communities and will be most effective when it is directed through councils so that they can commission the essential transport services that many people rely on."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on homelessness and rough sleeping

"Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe housing with access to wider support they might need"

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LGA responds to SAGE advice to reopen primary schools

"A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils."