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LGA responds to BPPA statement on reopening of pubs

“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with."

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LGA responds to COVID-19 council funding package

“The further £500 million extra funding to help councils meet extra COVID-19 costs pressures is helpful but, in the context of the funding gap councils still face, substantial additional funding will be needed and we await further details on how this money will be distributed."

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LGA responds to the Government’s return to school plan

"Councils want all children to return to school to continue with their education and we also want to work with the Government, education leaders and schools to make sure the national effort is a success."

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LGA analysis: COVID-19 council funding gap widens to £7.4 billion

The Local Government Association is calling for the Government to urgently bring forward details of its comprehensive plan to ensure the financial sustainability of councils this year and next.

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Worryingly the number of people dying at home is still higher than the five-year average, which could suggest that some are choosing not to go to hospital or receive help elsewhere."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister's plan to rebuild UK

"Planning powers must also remain at a local level, to enable councils to deliver resilient, prosperous places that meet the needs of their communities."

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LGA responds to Shelter research on number of homes lost due to COVID-19

Responding to figures from Shelter showing around 84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year due to the impact of coronavirus, Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesman, said: “Housing must be a central part of the national recovery from coronavirus. Now is the time for a genuine renaissance in council house-building that reduces homelessness, gets rough sleepers off the streets for good, supports people’s wellbeing and is climate-friendly. “Giving councils the powers and tools to deliver a programme of 100,000 social homes a year would not only meet a third of the

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on social care workers’ COVID-19 deaths

"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital social care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well."

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LGA statement on beach safety and social distancing

“It would be a tragedy if our collective efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are undone in a way that leads to a resurgence of this deadly virus that puts further lives at risk.”

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LGA responds to Early Years Alliance report

“Having enough childcare places will be essential to support families and get the economy moving again, while supporting children’s development and getting them ready for school."