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LGA Annual Conference 2020 - virtual edition
Next Generation impact survey 2018-19
This report focuses on the impact of the LGA’s Next Generation Programme.
Planning: Development Management – COVID-19 and beyond - 13 July 2020
Presentations from this webinar can be found here.
EU money which could help nation recover from COVID-19 risks going back to Brussels - LGA
More than £730 million in vital EU cash which could help local communities bounce back from COVID-19 risks going unspent and being sent back to Brussels if the funding is not allocated by the Government before the end of the year, councils warn today.
LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on council investments
“Councils continue to face significant extra cost pressures and huge income losses as a result of the pandemic. The Government’s commitment to fund a portion of lost income from fees and charges is a step in the right direction but does not cover full losses, nor does it extend to commercial income losses."
Business and Planning Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 13 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.
Coronavirus: gyms and leisure centres to reopen - LGA statement
“It is great news that gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and many people will be hugely excited about being able to safely visit them again."
Remote council meetings: Lambeth Council
Following work undertaken by the council’s Constitutional Working Group in January, the Democratic Services team at Lambeth had already made a good start on a remote council meeting project even before the COVID-19 situation. This meant they were in an advantageous position when the regulations changed to permit virtual council meetings.
Managing the wellbeing of furloughed staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
This guide will help local authorities to consider how to manage the wellbeing of their employees who have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
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.”
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."
Annual Conference Webinars: Re-thinking local
We will be hosting a series of webinars featuring keynote speakers from local and central government, discussing and debating how our local areas can support the country’s economic, cultural and environmental regeneration and recovery during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
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