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Coronavirus: Bus services taking health and care staff to work need rescue package

Bus services which are vital in getting health and care staff and other key workers to the frontline during the coronavirus outbreak will struggle to survive without emergency rescue funding, the Local Government Association says today. The LGA, which represents councils, is concerned that some bus companies and services will not be able to survive the crisis, as the number of passengers has fallen sharply – in some places 75 per cent - with most people now rightly staying safe at home. It wants to work with government on an emergency funding package for buses and council-run public

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LGA responds to coronavirus food parcel deliveries announcement

“Councils across the country are leading local efforts to support communities through the coronavirus crisis and are helping government provide essential food parcels to vulnerable and isolated people on an unprecedented scale."

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Coronavirus: LGA urges end to 'unacceptable' attacks on council staff

“Local government workers should always be respected and valued – even more so in these challenging times – when they are needed more than ever."

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Coronavirus: firefighters to deliver food and medicine, drive ambulances and retrieve bodies

For the first time, all three stakeholder groups have agreed a joint national approach to the crisis. The fire service organisations say that the measures in the agreement reflect the scale of the national crisis and the urgency of the response required. Under the agreement, firefighters will be able to:  Deliver essential items like food and medicines to vulnerable people Drive ambulances and assist ambulance staff Retrieve dead bodies, should the outbreak cause mass casualties Firefighters will continue responding to core emergencies, such as fires and road traffic collisions

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Government rough sleeping announcement

Responding to the announcement by government that councils have been asked to support rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless into accommodation by the end of the week, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “Councils have been working hard to identify rough sleepers and homeless people, get them off the streets and into suitable accommodation and help protect them from the coronavirus. “This will be a huge task given the shortage of accommodation available with many councils now affected by the recent closures of hotels and the difficulties some

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LGA responds to Independent Age Report on older people's coronavirus experience

“The coronavirus outbreak will severely test and stretch our social care workforce, who already do a tremendous job in the face of extreme pressures.”

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LGA Annual Conference cancelled due to coronavirus

This year’s Annual Conference, due to take place in Harrogate this summer, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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LGA responds to Arts Council England funding

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to Arts Council England’s announcement to provide £160 million for the cultural sector.

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Coronavirus: Government should consider asking retired care workers to return to work - LGA

Retired care workers being asked to return to work could help support those most at risk of the coronavirus outbreak and provide a much-needed boost to an already over-stretched social care workforce, say council leaders.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to hardship funding guidance

“We are pleased that councils will now be able to provide much-needed support to many households on the lowest incomes by quickly reducing or removing the need for them to pay council tax."