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Coronavirus: LGA responds to hardship funding guidance

“We are pleased that councils will now be able to provide much-needed support to many households on the lowest incomes by quickly reducing or removing the need for them to pay council tax."

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LGA responds to Budget 2020

"It is encouraging that today’s Budget signals a shift towards more spending on local priorities, such as building homes, boosting connectivity and filling potholes."

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Budget 2020: LGA responds to business rates review launch

"Urgent clarity is needed on how the Government’s fundamental review of business rates will impact on reforms to allow local government to keep more of business rates income collected locally from next year."

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Local services face almost £6.5 billion funding gap by 2025: New LGA analysis

Having lost nearly £15 billion in central government funding in the last decade,


LGA responds to CIPFA council tax research

This increase will cost councils an extra £220 million this year - this is to cover increased contract costs to home care and residential care providers.

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LGA responds to Citizens Advice report into debt collection

"Anyone having trouble paying their council bills should get in touch with their local authority for financial help and advice as soon as possible.”


LGA responds to NAO report on local authority commercial investments

"The report highlights that the recent rise in Public Works Loan Board interest rates announced by the Treasury will affect local authority decisions to invest in commercial property. This rise has increased the revenue costs of all new borrowing for councils and thrown into doubt the viability of new capital programmes which help deliver on key government priorities, such as housing and regeneration."


LGA responds to final Local Government Finance Settlement

Responding to the final Local Government Finance Settlement announced today, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “We are pleased the Government has acted on our call for desperately-needed new money for councils to meet the rising cost pressures they face this year and published this final settlement quickly so councils can effectively plan how to provide local services. “Extra funding for social care this year, council-tax raising powers and the continuation of key grants confirmed today are good news and will ensure councils can help older and


Council employees' pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 2 per cent from 1 April 2020.

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LGA survey: £250 million a year lost through business tax avoidance

Business rates avoidance is costing local services an estimated £250 million a year.