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LGA responds to flooding funding announcement

“Funding for flood defences needs to be devolved to local areas to ensure money is directed towards projects that best reflect local needs, which includes protecting key roads and bridges to keep local residents and businesses moving."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on council investments

“Councils continue to face significant extra cost pressures and huge income losses as a result of the pandemic. The Government’s commitment to fund a portion of lost income from fees and charges is a step in the right direction but does not cover full losses, nor does it extend to commercial income losses."

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EU money which could help nation recover from COVID-19 risks going back to Brussels - LGA

More than £730 million in vital EU cash which could help local communities bounce back from COVID-19 risks going unspent and being sent back to Brussels if the funding is not allocated by the Government before the end of the year, councils warn today.

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LGA responds to immigration points-based system statement

'As a country we face significant skills challenges, with one of the most serious being in our social care system. We need to do what we can to ensure the social care workforce can be maintained.'

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace figures

"Everybody has to play their part in helping to get this pandemic under control. It is good that the NHS Test and Trace system is reaching the majority of those who tested positive and who are passing on details of their close contacts, but it is still concerning that nearly 20 per cent of positive cases cannot be found."

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LGA responds to AA analysis of parking income

'Councils continue to work all day and night to support communities through the COVID-19 crisis but have faced extra cost pressures and significant income losses as a result, as this survey highlights.'

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Coronavirus: gyms and leisure centres to reopen - LGA statement

“It is great news that gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and many people will be hugely excited about being able to safely visit them again."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on future PPE supply

“We must be as prepared as possible if we are to continue supporting those who use and work in social care, while reducing the impact of this devastating disease.”

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Coronavirus: recovery and renewal panels launched for councils

Councils across the country can now access a newly developed remote support offer to enable them to test plans for recovery and renewal.

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Summer Economic Update: LGA response

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the Summer Economic Update announced by the Chancellor.