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Letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock from the LGA and ADASS
Protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak
Coronavirus support funding reaching businesses – LGA statement
“Councils are leading local efforts to support businesses as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak."
Polling on resident satisfaction with councils: February 2020
Tackling labour abuse and modern slavery in the hand car wash sector
It has been said that modern slavery is hidden, but often in plain sight. Hand car washes are a good example of this and have been a particular area of focus. In recent years, the sector has become common in our high streets and communities, but local residents may be unwittingly using victims of labour exploitation or even modern slavery to wash their cars.
LGA responds to Sport England funding support package
“Councils work closely with these organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents through physical activity, and want to ensure that local communities have activities to return to when this crisis is over. "
Coronavirus: information for councils
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We urge Sport England to work with the Government to also secure grant funding for these organisations."
LGA Board appointments
The LGA Conservative Group each year makes a number of appointments to LGA Boards.
LGA responds to Prime Minister's announcement on mental health
To achieve true parity of care between mental and physical health, we need a root and branch overhaul of mental health services, which focuses on prevention and early intervention, particularly for children and young people.
LGA responds to Refugee Resettlement Scheme announcement
“While it is good that councils will receive initial one-year funding to deliver the scheme at the same level, this needs to be followed through with long-term funding in the Spending Review."
LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review
Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”
Future of free schools , House of Commons, 19 June 2019
LGA commissioned research found that councils are facing a high needs funding shortfall of £667 million in the 2019-20 financial year and this funding gap could rise to £1.6 billion by 2021.
Supporting the health needs of those who are experiencing rough sleeping
Tackling rough sleeping has long been a priority for successive governments. According to the latest official statistics, rough sleeping in England has increased by 165 per cent since the autumn of 2010
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019
We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.
Public health risk awareness self-assessment tool
The Association of Directors of Public Health and the LGA have developed a risk tool to support system leaders in local authorities in defining and understanding risk as it relates to public health commissioning, performance, partnership and resource management.
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