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LGA Annual Conference 2020 - virtual edition
LGA responds to tourism funding announcement
“We are pleased that the Government recognises the important role that tourism plays in boosting the UK economy and that it has provided this much needed funding."
The Domestic Abuse Bill Report Stage and 3rd Reading, House of Commons, 6 July 2020
The Domestic Abuse Bill introduces important measures which will help to raise awareness of domestic abuse and will go some way to providing additional support to domestic abuse victims and helping to challenge perpetrator’s behaviour. It is a positive step in the right direction.
LGA responds to ONS figures on coronavirus care homes deaths
"Nearly a third of all deaths in care homes involved coronavirus and we need to do all we can to keep drastically reducing this. The Government’s announcement today of regular testing of care home residents and staff will help with preventing the spread of infection, but we must remain vigilant."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to publication of Pillar 2 testing data
“The most important thing is that the public and those working on the frontline get a complete picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods and in our communities."
Business and Planning Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 6 July 2020
Councils want to work with the Government to develop post COVID-19 recovery options. The economic, social and environmental recovery our communities need will look different in different areas of the country and only a locally coordinated response will be effective.
Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Simon Clarke MP | 3 July 2020
Hear from Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government and Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, LGA Conservative Group and Vice-Chairman, LGA.
LGA responds to latest ONS figures on social care workers’ COVID-19 deaths
"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital social care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well."
Child poverty in the COVID-19 pandemic, 26 June 2020
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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace service figures
"Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders."
LGA responds to DfE school attendance figures
“Councils have a legal duty to ensure capacity but need powers to open new schools or direct academies to expand. This is the best way to ensure as many children as possible get the places they want.”
LGA responds to Business and Planning Bill to support reopening of hospitality sector
"It is vitally important that councils retain oversight of the activities allowed in their local areas so that they can manage different interests, including the need to contain COVID-19, accessibility issues, the interests of local residents and any competing demands between different businesses."
LGA jobs and skills recovery: an integrated local employment and skills offer, June 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, local government has been trusted to support local businesses with advice and grants, help the unemployed while jobcentres dealt with universal credit claims, delivered a hardship fund to the most vulnerable, kept people learning online and supported the local training provider base.
Using Marmot principles to tackle health inequalities and COVID-19, 23 June 2020
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LGA statement on BBC research on COVID-19 funding pressures
“We are pleased the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year. We urge the Government to bring forward details as soon as possible and ensure it address three key elements of the pressures facing councils."
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