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Council loan repayments delay needed amid COVID-19 financial crisis
LGA: avoid loan sharks exploiting COVID-19 crisis as average benefit claims up 1,000 per cent
“We know many people are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis, but loan sharks should be avoided at all costs."
LGA responds to Age UK report on coronavirus care costs
"We know that care providers are facing extra costs during this time and we have worked closely with them since the beginning of the pandemic to understand what they are. The vast majority of councils have helped providers with these extra costs to the best of their ability, considering all of the evidence."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS Volunteer Responder scheme expansion
“This national volunteering scheme is an important back-up to councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis.”
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
LGA responds to eviction ban extension
"We are pleased the Government has acted on our call to extend the current measures to protect tenants from eviction, which will provide reassurance that they will not lose their home because of coronavirus."
LGA responds to funding announcement for domestic violence charities
"Councils can’t tackle domestic abuse alone. To help prepare for an expected surge in demand for support from victims as lockdown measures ease, we would like the Government to engage more with police, councils and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and to create a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Strategy for England and Wales."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to rough sleeping announcement
“Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe, long-term housing with access to wider support they might need."
LGA responds to Transport Secretary funding announcement
“This funding is good news for local communities and will be most effective when it is directed through councils so that they can commission the essential transport services that many people rely on."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to £300 million test and trace announcement
Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the announcement of £300 million additional funding for local authorities to support the new test and trace service.
LGA responds to SAGE advice to reopen primary schools
"A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils."
Remote council meetings: Swindon Borough Councils
Swindon Borough Council ordinarily held quarterly meetings of their Wider Management Team, which involved approximately 120 Directors, Heads of Service and Senior Managers coming together in face to face round table meetings. Working within the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings were no longer possible.
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our communities during COVID-19 - webinar, 21 May 2020
Download the presentations from this webinar.
LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on homelessness and rough sleeping
"Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe housing with access to wider support they might need"
HM Treasury Public Works Loans Board, future lending terms, response to the consultation from Local Government Association May 2020
The consultation paper was issued before strict measures were implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the financial environment for local government has changed so profoundly that we cannot overlook the issue.
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