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Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
Public health on the frontline: responding to COVID-19
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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:
Directors of public health from across the country talk about the local response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus: LGA statement on schools reopening plans
“Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority."
Remote council meetings: Harborough District Council
‘Keep calm and carry on’ at first seems at odds with the challenges of lockdown. But there are areas of our work at Harborough where we need to carry on supporting people and prepare for life after lockdown. Making planning decisions is one of those areas, vital to the re-building of the economy. Faced with what is probably the largest planning application that Harborough has dealt with, it was important that our first ever remote faced."
LGA responds to joint report on £1bn Youth Guarantee, education and employment support
“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together."
COVID-19: Local examples of care technology approaches
See examples of local care technology approaches being taken by councils to support the adult social care COVID-19 response.
Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from Coronavirus Regulations 2020: school admissions
A guide to the provisions of the School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations and to new, modified or suspended local government powers and duties applicable to English councils.
Debate on supporting museums, galleries and historic buildings open to the public, affected by the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Lords, 21 May 2020
For the sector to survive, the emergency financial support packages currently available must not end on a ‘cliff edge’ and longer-term financial support packages suitable for this sector must be considered for the end of 2020 and running into 2021.
LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths
"While we have started to thankfully see a decline in some figures, it is still incredibly worrying that the percentage of all deaths in care homes attributed to COVID-19 has increased."
Barchester Healthcare - employee wellbeing in care homes
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barchester Healthcare have introduced a number of initiatives to promote and support staff wellbeing.
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