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Spending Review 2020: On-the-Day Briefing
LGA responds to Spending Review
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, House of Commons, 1 December 2020
It is essential that councils have a range of tools at their disposal to allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action against non-compliant businesses before it is too late.
LGA responds to Shelter winter warning
“It’s a tragedy when anyone becomes homeless, and this highlights the growing pressures councils and their partners are under to help those in need of housing support, as a result of the pandemic."
LGA responds to £170m COVID-19 winter funding package details
“This new funding is good news to help councils continue to support those facing hardship and councils look forward to working with the DWP on the detail and logistics so links can be made with the wider welfare system."
Homelessness and temporary accommodation, House of Commons, 2 December 2020
In the longer term the LGA is calling for a shift towards investing in homelessness prevention measures. This includes maintaining increased support through the mainstream benefits system, increased protection for private renters, and a commitment across government to a programme of homelessness prevention.
Coventry City Council: Community engagement the Coventry way
In the summer, Coventry City Council launched a community-led response to communications and messaging around Covid-19 that’s seen the development of more than 200 community champions across the city
LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the future of public health
“Councils want to play their full part in the future of public health. This pandemic has proven the value of local knowledge and leaders, supported by regional and national coordination. The Government should use this opportunity to strengthen public health and improve integration across health and care, backed up by necessary funding."
Preparing for the end of the EU Transition Period
Key issues, challenges and opportunities for local councils.
LGA responds to Spending Review UK Shared Prosperity Fund announcement
Cllr Kevin Bentley comments on the government’s announcement that local pilots and £1.5 billion of funding a year would be promised in a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund
LGA responds to Spending Review Restart programme for long term unemployed
Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions board, comments on the Government’s new £2.9 billion Restart programme to support the long term unemployed back into employment.
LGA responds to Spending Review Levelling Up Fund
Commenting on the Government’s new Levelling Up Fund announced in today’s Spending Review, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board said:
LGA responds to additional Spending Review funding for road repairs
“This new investment is good news and will help councils to support their communities and help tackle our local road repairs backlog."
LGA responds to Spending Review housing funding announcement
“With council housing waiting lists set to potentially nearly double next year, now is the time to let councils embark on an ambitious post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 social homes for rent a year, which as well as reducing homelessness would also deliver a £14.5 billion boost to the economy.”
LGA responds to Spending Review social care and public health announcements
Responding to announcements about adult social care and public health in today’s Spending Review, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the crucial value of councils’ adult social care and public health services.
LGA responds to Spending Review children’s services funding
“The extra funding for adult and children’s social care announced today is positive but will not on its own be enough to tackle the significant challenges facing children’s social care which was already under strain prior to the pandemic as a result of increasing demand and long-term funding reductions."
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