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LGA responds to reports of public sector pay freeze

“It is critical that that the Government uses the Spending Review to provide significant investment so councils can continue to support their employees as much as possible and recruit and retain the staff needed to provide the local services that are delivered every day by our hard-working staff, alongside care workers and NHS colleagues.”

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LGA responds to Lords Public Services Committee report on lessons learned from Covid-19

“Councils have played a crucial role during the pandemic and have demonstrated the strength that comes from local leaders able to work with others and their communities."

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LGA - Record numbers claiming council tax support

More than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year - the highest number since records began in 2015.

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LGA statement on COVID-19 business grant scheme

"It is councils who are leading local efforts to support communities and businesses through this crisis."

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LGA responds to Treasury one-year Spending Review announcement

“It is hugely disappointing that councils will only get a one-year funding settlement for the third year in a row."

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LGA responds to further details around £1 billion COVID-19 funding for councils

"This much-needed support is helpful but significant challenges remain."

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"Fragmented" short-term government grants poor value for money, councils warn

Councils in England have seen their core funding from central government reduce by £15 billion in the last decade. In recent years, they have seen a rise in the number of short-term, ringfenced, small grants they receive annually from government departments and agencies.

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£10 billion Spending Review investment needed to protect and improve local services

The LGA has used its submission to set out the need for the Chancellor to use the CSR to provide an additional £10.1 billion per year in core funding to councils in England by 2023/24.

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£1 billion loss to local economies if COVID-19 grant schemes closed

“Shutting the discretionary scheme would be a mistake by the Government at this time. Councils need more time and flexibility to ensure as many businesses can benefit from this funding."

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Spending Review launched – LGA statement

Securing the long-term sustainability of local services must be the top priority."