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Coronavirus: LGA responds to publication of Pillar 2 testing data

“The most important thing is that the public and those working on the frontline get a complete picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods and in our communities."

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LGA responds to ONS figures on coronavirus care homes deaths

"Nearly a third of all deaths in care homes involved coronavirus and we need to do all we can to keep drastically reducing this. The Government’s announcement today of regular testing of care home residents and staff will help with preventing the spread of infection, but we must remain vigilant."

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LGA responds to Which? report on support for vulnerable people to access food

"We urge anybody who is struggling with access to food, whether they are part of the shielded cohort or vulnerable for other reasons, to contact their local council who will be able to help put in place arrangements to support them."

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LGA responds to launch of second phase of independent review into drugs misuse

"Working with government alongside local NHS, community groups and other partners, councils want to ensure everyone gets the support they need wherever possible."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Worryingly the number of people dying at home is still higher than the five-year average, which could suggest that some are choosing not to go to hospital or receive help elsewhere."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on social care workers’ COVID-19 deaths

"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital social care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well."

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace service figures

"Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and excess deaths in care homes continues to be higher than the five-year average, compared to hospitals which have seen a decline, leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk."

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LGA responds to shielding guidance announcement

"This announcement provides some much-needed clarity on a planned return to normal life for those whose lives have been completely changed by the impact of coronavirus."

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LGA responds to ADASS report on coronavirus impact on social care

Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the second part of the annual Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) budget survey, which focuses on the impact of coronavirus on social care budgets.