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LGA responds to latest £150 council tax rebate figures

The LGA responds to latest council tax rebate figures showing that nearly 80 per cent of eligible households have received the Government's £150 rebate.

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Inflation and National Living Wage pressures to add £3.6 billion extra costs onto council budgets - LGA analysis

"Soaring inflation, energy prices and National Living Wage pressures are putting council services at risk. Budgets are having to be reset with potential cuts to the essential services people rely on, in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis."

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LGA - Unfunded National Living Wage increases would risk local services and jobs

Paying the forecasted increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) for the lowest paid council staff alone could cost councils at least £400 million over the next two years, the LGA says today.

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LGA statement on UKSPF allocations

“By making the most of every pound of investment, we can achieve our shared ambition of giving every part of the country the chance to flourish.”

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LGA statement on Spring Statement 2022

“As the impact of cost-of-living concerns grow, the mainstream benefits system will need to provide the first line of support for people so that councils and local partners can concentrate their limited resources on helping those who need tailored and additional help."

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LGA: Receive £150 energy rebate payment quicker by setting up council tax direct debit

Millions of people should look to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax bill from April so they can receive their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

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LGA statement on final Local Government Finance Settlement

“With future years looking challenging, it is crucial that local services have a long-term, sustainable future which gives councils certainty over their funding."

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LGA statement on Treasury cost of living measures

“We want to work quickly with government to clarify the details of this funding. To ensure it can be distributed as quickly as possible, we would urge it to be added to existing discretionary council schemes."

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LGA statement on IFS report on impact of COVID-19 on council finances in 2020/21

“Councils continue to lead their local communities through the pandemic. Extra government funding and support provided to date has been crucial and it is important that government continues to monitor the situation, providing vital support to councils when needed.”

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Councils respond to £1 billion business support package

“We are pleased that a further £102 million has been announced for the Additional Restrictions Grant. Councils will look forward to accessing this as soon as possible to ensure as many businesses in their area can benefit as possible.”