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LGA responds to Spending Review UK Shared Prosperity Fund announcement

Cllr Kevin Bentley comments on the government’s announcement that local pilots and £1.5 billion of funding a year would be promised in a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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LGA responds to NAO report on the supply of PPE during the pandemic

​​​​​​​“Care home staff and those working in people’s homes have been doing an incredible job in extremely challenging circumstances throughout this crisis."

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner for England’s report on the future of children’s social care

“Children’s services were already under strain prior to the pandemic, but those pressures have been exacerbated by COVID-19."

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Some rough sleepers could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid risk of infection

Some people sleeping rough in some areas could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid a risk of infection in unsafe settings, due to shortfalls in funding and appropriate accommodation for councils to use, a new report for the Local Government Association warns today.

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Councils respond to COVID-19 Winter Plan

“Councils have been calling for urgent certainty and clarity about what to expect after the national lockdown ends and it is good that the Government has listened and provided this much-needed announcement."

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LGA: Public health funding boost needed to fuel post-pandemic recovery

Vital public health services such as drug and alcohol treatment, early years and school aged support, weight management and sexual health services need urgent investment in the Spending Review if the country is to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, councils say today.

LGA responds to reports of public sector pay freeze

“It is critical that that the Government uses the Spending Review to provide significant investment so councils can continue to support their employees as much as possible and recruit and retain the staff needed to provide the local services that are delivered every day by our hard-working staff, alongside care workers and NHS colleagues.”

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LGA responds to weekly testing of homecare workers

"Homecare workers have not been able to access the same level of testing as their colleagues working in care homes, so this announcement should redress this balance. The further rollout of these tests to live-in carers and personal assistants also needs to happen as quickly as possible."

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LGA responds to 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”

“Our recent research found that nearly 700,000 jobs could be created in England’s low-carbon and renewable energy economy by 2030, rising to more than one million by 2050. An integrated and devolved approach to the development of skills is urgently needed and our Work Local proposals set out the steps for handing funding and powers over skills to local areas.”

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LGA responds to £10 million of additional government funding for councils to help with EU Transition at ports

“This new funding is a positive step forward to help councils prepare their local ports for the end of the EU Transition Period."