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IFS report into council funding

LGA statement on BBC research on COVID-19 funding pressures

“We are pleased the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year. We urge the Government to bring forward details as soon as possible and ensure it address three key elements of the pressures facing councils."

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LGA responds to Business and Planning Bill to support reopening of hospitality sector

"It is vitally important that councils retain oversight of the activities allowed in their local areas so that they can manage different interests, including the need to contain COVID-19, accessibility issues, the interests of local residents and any competing demands between different businesses."

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LGA responds to DfE school attendance figures

“Councils have a legal duty to ensure capacity but need powers to open new schools or direct academies to expand. This is the best way to ensure as many children as possible get the places they want.”

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LGA responds to latest Test and Trace service figures

"Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders."

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Councils can lead post-COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

New research published by the Local Government Association shows how councils are striving to build local economies in a way that ensures the proceeds of growth are shared more fairly across communities.

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LGA responds to rough sleeping funding announcement

"We are pleased the Government has announced further much-needed funding to help councils continue supporting rough sleepers and keeping them off the street."

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Health precautions urged by councils to combat coronavirus in heatwave

As Britain braces itself for a heatwave this week, councils are urging people to take all necessary health precautions against the rising temperatures, while maintaining social distancing and protecting those most vulnerable to coronavirus.

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LGA responds to Barnado's report on foster care

"Councils continue to do an excellent job ensuring that children have access to support despite the difficulties experienced during the coronavirus pandemic."

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Social care remains on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus and excess deaths in care homes continues to be higher than the five-year average, compared to hospitals which have seen a decline, leaving our older people and most vulnerable at risk."

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LGA responds to museums and galleries reopening announcement

"Museums, galleries and libraries have adapted imaginatively to lockdown, providing new and innovative services for their communities, but they have been unable to generate income during this time putting many at risk of closure."