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Coronavirus: information for councils
Council loan repayments delay needed amid COVID-19 financial crisis
LGA: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Council loan repayments delay needed amid coronavirus financial crisis
The minimum term for a Public Works Loan Board loan available to councils is one year but this is too long to help with the immediate cash flow shortfalls.
LGA: social care providers face more than £6bn in extra COVID-19 costs
Providers of adult social care services may face more than £6.6 billion in extra costs due to the coronavirus crisis by the end of September this year, stark new analysis commissioned by councils and social care directors reveals.
LGA statement on local government's commitment to tackling racism
The Local Government Association stands with all of our councils in the UK and across the world in their work to tackle racism.
Changes to the planning system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, June 2020
A local, plan-led system continues to be vital in ensuring that councils and the communities they represent have a say over the way places develop. This includes the delivery of homes, where locally required, and the supporting infrastructure needed to create sustainable, resilient places. This will be even more critical as we move towards recovery after COVID-19.
COVID-19: financial pressures in adult social care
The purpose of this note is to share some financial information that was provided to the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, on 9 May 2020.
Remote council meetings: Harborough District Council
‘Keep calm and carry on’ at first seems at odds with the challenges of lockdown. But there are areas of our work at Harborough where we need to carry on supporting people and prepare for life after lockdown. Making planning decisions is one of those areas, vital to the re-building of the economy. Faced with what is probably the largest planning application that Harborough has dealt with, it was important that our first ever remote faced."
LGA responds to joint report on £1bn Youth Guarantee, education and employment support
“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together."
COVID-19: Local examples of care technology approaches
See examples of local care technology approaches being taken by councils to support the adult social care COVID-19 response.
Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from Coronavirus Regulations 2020: school admissions
A guide to the provisions of the School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations and to new, modified or suspended local government powers and duties applicable to English councils.
Debate on supporting museums, galleries and historic buildings open to the public, affected by the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Lords, 21 May 2020
For the sector to survive, the emergency financial support packages currently available must not end on a ‘cliff edge’ and longer-term financial support packages suitable for this sector must be considered for the end of 2020 and running into 2021.
LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths
"While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased."
Barchester Healthcare - employee wellbeing in care homes
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barchester Healthcare have introduced a number of initiatives to promote and support staff wellbeing.
Central Bedfordshire - employee wellbeing in care homes
Wellbeing has been a key focus in Central Bedfordshire since they participated in a research and wellbeing project in 2019, in partnership with Bath
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