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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."


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."


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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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on SEND

"This report raises some important areas of learning for councils and it is essential that Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission work proactively with them to identify solutions to meet the needs of all children and young people. By working with parents, families and children with SEND, we can agree on what a ‘good’ system of support looks like."


LGA responds to children securing primary school places

“Councils have a track record of doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place, having created more than 800,000 new places since 2010."


Coronavirus: School Academisation should be put on hold during pandemic - LGA

“We want to work with the Government to ensure that schools are given the support they need over the immediate term, and this includes urgently placing a temporary pause on academy conversions during this time.


Coronavirus: LGA responds to food voucher extension to cover Easter holidays

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to our call to extend the food voucher scheme to cover the Easter holidays."


Coronavirus: LGA responds to food vouchers announcement for young people from low-income families

“There are already an estimated 1.3 million young people entitled to free school meals, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that there are now a large number of families signing up to benefits."


Coronavirus: LGA responds to school closures announcement

"Today’s decision provides much needed clarity for head teachers, parents and families."


LGA comments ahead of Commons debate on cost of school uniform

“People should never be in a position where they are worried about applying to the best school for their child because they’re worried about the cost of the uniform."