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LGA responds to Independent Age Report on older people's coronavirus experience

“The coronavirus outbreak will severely test and stretch our social care workforce, who already do a tremendous job in the face of extreme pressures.”

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Coronavirus: Government should consider asking retired care workers to return to work - LGA

Retired care workers being asked to return to work could help support those most at risk of the coronavirus outbreak and provide a much-needed boost to an already over-stretched social care workforce, say council leaders.

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LGA responds to new coronavirus measures to protect people at highest risk

"We are ready to coordinate and lead local partners in each community to ensure that there is support for our most vulnerable residents"

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LGA responds to Coronavirus welfare funding boost

Cllr Richard Watts responds to plans by the Chancellor to invest £7 billion into the welfare system.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to social care funding announcement

"This extra funding will be crucial to support the tireless efforts of council social care staff to continue to support and protect people who rely of social care."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to renters support pledge

Responding to the Government pledge to protect renters amid the coronavirus outbreak, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: “Councils are leading local efforts to support communities as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. They will be working with tenants who are experiencing financial challenges as a result to support them to stay in their homes. Many are already suspending debt recovery and will try and use discretionary funding to support struggling household as quickly and effectively as possible “Councils need the

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LGA responds to public health grant announcement

Responding to the announcement of councils’ public health grant for 2020/21, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Council public health teams are working day and night to support national efforts to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. They are doing a fantastic job in extremely challenging and ever-changing circumstances. “Today’s long-awaited publication by government of public health funding from April will help councils plan how to best help communities cope with this virus outbreak and keep providing other vital

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LGA responds to Coronavirus homelessness funding announcement

“Public health, housing and social care teams will continue to work together to identify local solutions for rough sleepers most at risk, but homelessness services remain under huge pressure as a result of rising demand driven by a historic shortage of social housing.”

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LGA responds to CQC decision to stop inspections

"We respect the CQC’s decision and know it is one made in the best interests of the people who use and work in social care services."

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Budget 2020: LGA responds to Transforming Care funding announcement

“Councils must also be able to quickly access this funding, so they can build upon the progress they have made to date."