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Future of early years providers uncertain without funding commitment
LGA: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
LGA responds to Children's Society report on financial hardship
Responding to the Children’s Society report which found long-term and sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families, especially those affected by coronavirus, with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:
Coronavirus: information for councils
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
LGA responds to ONS figures showing annual rise in NEETs
“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”
Department for Education Consultation on Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers, Local Government Association response, 28 May 2020
Ensuring that young people in care and care leavers are able to live in good quality homes that meet their needs is a key priority for councils. However, a range of challenges mean that meeting this priority can be exceptionally difficult, and we are keen to work with the Government and partners to tackle this to make sure children and young people are safe and well supported.
Coronavirus: future of early years providers uncertain without funding commitment
More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason.
Coronavirus: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
"Councils will need further funding and financial flexibilities in the weeks and months ahead to meet ongoing COVID-19 pressures and to keep services running normally."
Coronavirus contact tracing at risk unless vital info shared with councils
Crucial data must be shared with councils to make use of their local knowledge and expertise and ensure vital national efforts to track and trace coronavirus succeed, the LGA warns today.
Coronavirus: LGA on measures to promote cycling and walking
“Council are leading local efforts to protect communities from coronavirus and will be central to the nation's recovery. We are pleased the Government has announced measures today to allow councils to help the country transition to the new way we will need to travel around, including to and from work."
Coronavirus: half a million shoddy face masks among surge in virus-related scams and illegal goods reported to councils
Some councils have recorded a 40 per cent increase in reported scams since the start of the COVID-19 emergency.
Councils lead local VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations
Councils across the country are helping residents find new ways to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day today.
General debate: COVID-19, House of Commons, 11 May 2020
The crisis has shown how vital councils are in leading the response to a national emergency. National government has rightly recognised this work and it is vital that councils continue to get further support from the Treasury and adequate funding to ensure their financial position remains viable.
Public health on the frontline: responding to COVID-19
Directors of public health from across the country talk about the local response to COVID-19.
Remote council meetings: City of York Council
During the COVID-19 crisis, councils have been forced to shift communications online and interact with the public in very different ways.
Remote council meetings: Kirklees Council
Kirklees Council held their first ever virtual council meeting on 1 May 2020 bringing together Microsoft Teams Live Events and streaming partner Civico.
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