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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 responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Kickstart scheme

"As this report highlights, greater sharing of information and data at a local authority level would be helpful in maximising the scheme’s success."

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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.”

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LGA responds to provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

"Only with adequate long-term resources, certainty and freedoms, can councils deliver world-class local services for our communities, tackle the climate emergency, and level up all parts of the country"

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Councils respond to 2021 Spending Review and Autumn Budget

“We are pleased that today’s Spending Review has provided new government grant funding for councils over the next three years to support vital local services. This will help meet some – but not all - of the extra cost and demand pressures they face just to provide services at today’s levels."