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LGA statement: Councils respond to DfE education recovery plan

"No child should be left behind as we recover from the pandemic and this package of measures and significant investment announced by the Government will help to boost education recovery."

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Plan needed to prevent families at ‘cliff-edge’ of homelessness

LGA has set out a six-point plan needed to protect vulnerable households who could lose their homes when the ban on bailiff evictions ends on May 31 and tackle homelessness in the long-term.

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LGA responds to PAC report on DfE’s handling of the pandemic

“Councils and schools want to work with the Government on education recovery and to ensure that no child is left behind. We share concerns about the needs of disadvantaged children who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Shelter ‘housing emergency’ report

"Councils want to work with Government to tackle the housing crisis and reduce homelessness."

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LGA: Road funding drop this year could pay for 9.5 million pothole repairs

The Government’s £2.5 billion Pothole Repair Fund - announced in the Budget - will help councils to do more to maintain our roads this year and will go a long way to help tackling our local road repairs backlog.

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LGA survey: £118m for disadvantaged pupils could be lost from school budgets this year

Councils stand ready to help the Government prioritise disadvantaged pupils in its education recovery plan and to prevent the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and young people and their peers from widening further as a result of the pandemic.

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LGA responds to House of Lords Public Services Committee report on Levelling Up

Responding to a report from the House of Lords Public Services Committee on the Government’s ambition to level up the country, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “The pandemic has shown that, with the right funding and freedoms, councils can improve people’s lives. It is therefore important that this report recognises that the recovery from COVID-19 needs to include greater powers being given to local councils and their communities. “Bringing greater resources and powers over key responsibilities, such as skills, transport and housing, closer to

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New Core Code of Ethics to be at the heart of Fire and Rescue Services

Developed in consultation with the sector, the Core Code is designed to help employees of the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) act in the best way towards each other and while serving the public. It will sit alongside the Code of Ethics Fire Standard developed by the Fire Standards Board.

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LGA - Offices left empty by COVID-19 could result in surge in substandard home conversions

More than 16,000 affordable homes could have been lost in England in the past five years as a result of offices converted into homes under permitted development rights.

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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

“It is good the Government continues to support councils with this latest round of funding to tackle rough sleeping."