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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.
Webinar: COVID-19 and ethnicity, 2 June 2020
COVID-19 related deaths by ethnic group Vahé Nafilyan, Principal Statistician, Office for National Statistics Reflections of a Director of Public
The economic lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures necessary to repair the UK economy, House of Lords, Thursday 4 June 2020
Councils are working tirelessly to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable in our communities. They have ensured that our most important public services keep running successfully.
LGA briefing: Infection Control Fund grant conditions
A briefing to assist councils with understanding the new Infection Control Grant and its requirements.
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."
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:
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.
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.
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