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Coronavirus support funding reaching businesses – LGA statement

“Councils are leading local efforts to support businesses as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak."

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Councils leading the way on digital inclusion

“As part of the LGA’s wider sector-led improvement offer, the Digital Inclusion programme is helping councils to reach out and provide a vital service for residents who don’t have access or confidence to use digital platforms."

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Digital Connectivity Programme provides funding for seven councils

The Local Government Association has announced funding for seven councils which will help them to improve local and regional connectivity.

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LGA and LEP network joint-working commitment

“LEPs are local partnerships and growth strategies will rely on the strength and quality of local leadership. They will continue to succeed with the close involvement of councils, as we work together to meet local ambitions.”

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LGA Digital Connectivity applications now open

“The Digital Connectivity programme, which is part of our sector-led improvement offer, is helping all councils to provide vital services for residents who don’t have access or confidence to use digital platforms."

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LGA responds to Which? report into coverage ‘blackouts’

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, responds to the report by Which? that found that millions are at risk of mobile signal ‘blackouts’.

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LGA responds to Citizens Advice Broadband Report

"The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that access to a good quality, affordable broadband connection is vital for our communities and it is very concerning that people are priced out of this. We continue to call for a ‘social tariff’ to ensure a basic service is available at an affordable price to those most in need."

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LGA responds to DCMS Committee report on broadband roll-out

Responding to the report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on broadband roll-out, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Digital connectivity spokesperson at the Local Government Association, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that access to fast and reliable broadband is more important than ever and councils are committed to working closely with the Government to help deliver on its nationwide gigabit-broadband and mobile coverage ambitions. “As this report rightly recognises, councils need to have the local powers and adequate funding to help this ambition become

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LGA responds to government response to Online Harms White Paper

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Government’s response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation.

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LGA responds to Historic England’s High Streets Cultural Programme

"This funding is positive and will help to support the revitalisation of our high streets as part of our national recovery from COVID-19."