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Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA responds to COVID-19 vaccine announcement
Spending Review 2020: On-the-Day Briefing
LGA responds to ADCS report on children’s social care pressures
“This report reinforces the significant budget reductions councils have experienced and increasing numbers of children needing urgent help. As the impact of the pandemic becomes clear, councils expect to see a significant rise in referrals to children’s social care and demand for wider children’s support services."
LGA responds to APPG on Coronavirus interim report
"Councils have played a crucial role during the pandemic and have demonstrated how vital local knowledge and expertise is in combating the virus and protecting their communities."
Radical re-working needed for the high needs further education system
The high needs system for further education is not working and requires a radical shake-up, council and college leaders say today in a new report.
Planning, commissioning, funding and supporting post-16 high needs students
In January 2020, the Local Government Association, the Association of Colleges and Natspec commissioned acl consulting to undertake a review of arrangements for planning, commissioning, funding, and supporting provision for post-16 high needs students.
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Financing Green Ambition, 2 December 2020
Presentations from this event are available here.
Briefing on Winter Plan
Government announced changes to the system of tiers and restrictions and a new winter plan on 23 November 2020. This briefing provides a simple overview.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, House of Commons, 1 December 2020
It is essential that councils have a range of tools at their disposal to allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action against non-compliant businesses before it is too late.
LGA responds to Shelter winter warning
“It’s a tragedy when anyone becomes homeless, and this highlights the growing pressures councils and their partners are under to help those in need of housing support, as a result of the pandemic."
LGA responds to £170m COVID-19 winter funding package details
“This new funding is good news to help councils continue to support those facing hardship and councils look forward to working with the DWP on the detail and logistics so links can be made with the wider welfare system."
Homelessness and temporary accommodation, House of Commons, 2 December 2020
In the longer term the LGA is calling for a shift towards investing in homelessness prevention measures. This includes maintaining increased support through the mainstream benefits system, increased protection for private renters, and a commitment across government to a programme of homelessness prevention.
Coventry City Council: Community engagement the Coventry way
In the summer, Coventry City Council launched a community-led response to communications and messaging around Covid-19 that’s seen the development of more than 200 community champions across the city
LGA responds to Health Foundation report on the future of public health
“Councils want to play their full part in the future of public health. This pandemic has proven the value of local knowledge and leaders, supported by regional and national coordination. The Government should use this opportunity to strengthen public health and improve integration across health and care, backed up by necessary funding."
LGA responds to new government funding to support schools during pandemic
“Unless this funding is made more long-term and less restrictive, more schools may have to close after having spent their budgets on supply teachers, which will only serve to exacerbate growing attainment gaps.”
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