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LGA responds to coronavirus grant scheme extension

“This further funding will help councils to continue to provide much-needed support to low income households at risk of poverty and financial hardship as the Government continues its gradual easing of the coronavirus measures."

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Death of HRH Prince Philip: LGA statement

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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LGA responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of the next step of the roadmap

“Councils continue to work closely with local businesses to help high streets reopen safely and successfully again from 12 April.”

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LGA responds to new planning rules coming into force

“Local government shares the collective ambition to build more homes in the right locations, genuinely affordable for local people to either rent or buy, of high quality and the right type."

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LGA responds to expert study on COVID-19 tests and self-isolation

“The findings of this study are concerning. Although the roll-out of the vaccine is providing us with hope of a return to our normal way of life, the responsibility on us all to get ourselves tested when necessary and share our contacts on request will be needed for some time to come."

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LGA responds to launch of Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools

“Any incidence of sexual harassment or assault is abhorrent. No child should fear going to school, and it is right that work is being undertaken immediately to consider how schools are working to keep children safe, as well as to give children a safe place to receive support and advice.”

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LGA responds to Children’s Society report on EU settlement scheme

"Vulnerable groups unable to complete the EU Settlement Scheme may be given some flexibility and it will be important to identify well in advance those who may need support to access the scheme after the deadline."

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LGA responds to launch of Office for Health Promotion

"Everyone agrees that prevention is better than cure. Any move to help make our residents be happier and healthier is encouraging and councils look forward to working with the new Office for Health Promotion."

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LGA responds to 2021 AIA ALARM Survey

"Despite the pandemic, councils have been working hard to repair our roads, fixing a pothole every 19 seconds as well as supporting an increase in cycling infrastructure through temporary road measures."

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LGA: Social care needs a ‘1948 moment’ to secure its future

"Over the last year, social care has proven that it is not simply a set of services needed by some because of age or disability, but a vital way of ensuring all people are supported to live a full life and maintain relationships and connections, whatever their circumstances, spanning various organisations, volunteers and staff."