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Housing crisis: Over 4,500 classrooms worth of children stuck in temporary accommodation over summer holidays

As pupils have broken up from school, 119,830 children in England will be living in temporary accommodation during the end-of-year break, according to latest government figures.

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LGA: COVID-19 has created ‘perfect storm’ of health inequalities

“COVID-19 has cruelly exposed and exacerbated the many social and health problems which existed before the pandemic, that need to be urgently addressed as part of our national recovery."

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LGA responds to Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping interim report

“We want to work closely with government on a cross-departmental homelessness prevention strategy, which sees councils supported with long-term funding to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, with the changes to welfare benefits introduced following the coronavirus outbreak maintained for as long as they are needed.”

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LGA responds to CQC data on deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes

“Every life lost to COVID-19 is a tragedy and it is heartbreaking for families who lost loved ones who were living in care homes and unable to be as close to them in their final moments, as we would all wish, due to restrictions."

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Long Covid: Councils set out need for plan, funding and research on long-term health and care impact

COVID-19’s expected long-term health impact needs to be recognised in future public health and social care planning.

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Build back local: Councils set out post-pandemic recovery vision

"As we look towards the next phase, it is vital that councils are backed to lead the recovery and support our communities as we learn to live with the virus."

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LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the impact of COVID-19

"Coronavirus has starkly exposed and widened existing health inequalities and this report is another important reminder of the need to prioritise public health in our attempts to build back better from the pandemic."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement on easing restrictions

"Whilst we are all keen to get back to normal as soon as possible, we all still need to remain vigilant and use common sense wherever necessary."

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LGA - 430% increase in B&B spend for people who are homeless reveals urgency for more social housing

Councils in England spent £142 million placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts in 2019/20, compared with £26.7 million in 2010/11 - a 430 per cent increase.

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Younger people more susceptible to being scammed

The LGA warns that text and call-based scams are on the rise and urges everyone to remind themselves of tell-tale signs that you may have been contacted by a scammer.