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LGA: In remembrance of the 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19

“This tragic milestone is a heartbreaking reminder of how many people have lost their lives to this dreadful disease and the terrible toll it has placed on family and friends.”

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LGA responds to new £120 million fund to boost social care sector staffing levels

“Extra funding to fill staff shortages and free up more experienced colleagues to focus on providing care directly will help with the immediate impact of the virus. Social care has been on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic and our dedicated staff rightly need as much support as possible during this incredibly challenging period.”

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LGA responds to announcement of ten further mass vaccination centres opening in England

“Rolling out a vaccine to tens of millions of people is a monumental task, so it is hugely encouraging to see the daily progress on rolling out the vaccine, and councils are in a strong position to support this, working with local health partners using their local knowledge to help ensure our most vulnerable residents are vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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LGA responds to Lords report on healthy ageing

“Public health funding for councils has reduced by £700 million over the last five years. If we are to build back better post-pandemic and achieve longer, healthier life expectancy for all, we need the right funding now to put in the extra preventative measures to make that happen.”

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LGA responds to Mental Health Act reform white paper

"This white paper is an excellent opportunity to update the law and improve support for everyone who needs it. We strongly support the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment."

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LGA responds to vaccine delivery plan and first daily uptake figures

“Vaccinating as many people as possible is the only certain way we can get through this pandemic and it is inspiring to see so many volunteers offer their help alongside frontline staff up and down the country."

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LGA: Councils respond to COVID-19 community testing expansion

“Local knowledge and expertise has proved vital in combating COVID-19 and councils want to work with the Government to develop testing strategies which contain and reduce the virus in every area of the country, and for every section of our diverse communities."

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COVID-19: LGA responds to national lockdown announcement

"Councils will continue to step up to support residents, especially those who are more vulnerable, businesses and education settings."

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LGA responds to increased care home testing announcement

“Social care staff have been on the frontline throughout this pandemic and rightly deserve all the protections they need to continue to doing their incredible work."

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LGA responds to Tier 4 announcement

“Driving strong local action and tougher restrictions will add further pressure to already over-stretched council budgets. It remains imperative that the Government meets, in full, all the extra costs councils incur as a result of leading communities through the pandemic and income losses they suffer as a result."