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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."
LGA responds to Crisis report on rise in homelessness
"Following the initial surge in demand for accommodation, councils are also now experiencing an urgent need for more accommodation as people, including young people, continue to face homelessness and rough sleeping."
Approaches to the use of screens in private hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis during the COVID-19 pandemic
To support authorities in considering this, this note signposts councils to relevant general guidance, as well sharing approaches taken by authorities which have taken a position on the use of screens.
Data and cyber security: guidance for commissioners of adult social care services
A rough guide to supporting adult social care providers to improve data and cyber security measures.
New guidance to help parks in England reopen
The LGA has collaborated on a new guide to help councils and other park managers in England safely reopen urban and country parks, gardens and wider green spaces.
National contingency plan for invasive mosquitoes - summer 2020
Actions that should be taken in the event of a non-native invasive mosquito species of public or animal health importance being detected in England.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sustainability of the pre-school sector, House of Lords, 8 June 2020
More than 69,000 early years providers have temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many settings citing financial difficulties as a key reason. Among those that have remained open, many are operating at a loss.
Resumption of live sport - brief guidance note
This note provides a brief overview of councils’ regulatory responsibilities where there is a relevant sports ground in their area, to assist senior officers and members in seeking assurance on this issue. More detailed guidance for operational leads has been developed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA).
Accessing support: the role of the voluntary and community sector during COVID-19
The purpose of this document is to provide councils and their community and voluntary sector partners with a briefing on the role and contribution of the community and voluntary sector and the use of volunteers in local and national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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