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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."
Fire Safety: Risk Prioritisation in Existing Buildings - A Call for Evidence
On 20 January 2020 the Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced a call for evidence to assist the Government in commissioning research to develop an evidence base on fire safety risk in buildings, which could assist building owners in the prioritisation of risks in existing buildings and prioritisation of buildings based on a broader understanding of risk.
LGA responds to Which? report on vulnerable people's access to food and supplies
“Councils are working hard to protect those most vulnerable to this virus and to support the government scheme to deliver food and supplies to those in the shielded group."
LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on SEND
"This report raises some important areas of learning for councils and it is essential that Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission work proactively with them to identify solutions to meet the needs of all children and young people. By working with parents, families and children with SEND, we can agree on what a ‘good’ system of support looks like."
Coronavirus (COVID-19) communications support and templates: Bereavement communications
The death of a colleague, volunteer or elected representative will always be extremely difficult. COVID-19 presents even more challenges and difficulties.
Public health transformation seven years on: prevention in neighbourhood, place and system
The LGA’s 2020 public health annual report demonstrates what can be achieved by public health operating across local government and working closely with the NHS and a wide range of local and system partners.
LGA responds to ASH report on smokers quitting due to coronavirus
“We need to continue to support people to give up smoking altogether, both through the current crisis and beyond, if we are to save lives both in the immediate and longer-term."
Coronavirus: LGA on domestic violence and homelessness announcements
“Councils are working tirelessly to protect and help those who are most vulnerable during this pandemic."
LGA submission to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: First Homes, 01 May 2020
Councils want to play a lead role in developing a locally responsive mix of tenures, which includes homes for sale, as well as social homes and other affordable homes for those who are not ready or do not want to buy.
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