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LGA: stay home and save lives this weekend

“By simply remaining at home, we can save lives and reduce the pressure on our incredible health and social care workers.”


LGA responds to new coronavirus measures to protect people at highest risk

"We are ready to coordinate and lead local partners in each community to ensure that there is support for our most vulnerable residents"

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LGA responds to Coronavirus welfare funding boost

Cllr Richard Watts responds to plans by the Chancellor to invest £7 billion into the welfare system.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to renters support pledge

Responding to the Government pledge to protect renters amid the coronavirus outbreak, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: “Councils are leading local efforts to support communities as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. They will be working with tenants who are experiencing financial challenges as a result to support them to stay in their homes. Many are already suspending debt recovery and will try and use discretionary funding to support struggling household as quickly and effectively as possible “Councils need the

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LGA responds to public health grant announcement

Responding to the announcement of councils’ public health grant for 2020/21, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Council public health teams are working day and night to support national efforts to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. They are doing a fantastic job in extremely challenging and ever-changing circumstances. “Today’s long-awaited publication by government of public health funding from April will help councils plan how to best help communities cope with this virus outbreak and keep providing other vital

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LGA responds to Coronavirus homelessness funding announcement

“Public health, housing and social care teams will continue to work together to identify local solutions for rough sleepers most at risk, but homelessness services remain under huge pressure as a result of rising demand driven by a historic shortage of social housing.”


Budget 2020: LGA responds to coronavirus measures

"The Government has pledged a £5 billion fund for NHS and public services coping with the coronavirus and look forward to seeing the full details."


Coronavirus: LGA on public health funding and potential impact on services

“Councils need adequate resources and funding certainty to not only cope with this immediate coronavirus crisis but to continue providing other vital public health services for the long term."

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LGA responds to Coronavirus Action Plan

"Protecting and supporting communities, including our most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. They are working closely alongside Public Health England, the NHS and others to assess risk, provide advice to communities and try to prevent this virus spreading further."

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LGA responds to Dame Carol Black's drug misuse report

“Councils are absolutely committed to ensuring drug users get the right treatment and support, as part of their public health and other wider responsibilities."