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Coronavirus: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services

"Councils will need further funding and financial flexibilities in the weeks and months ahead to meet ongoing COVID-19 pressures and to keep services running normally."  

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LGA responds to Money Advice Trust council tax report

"Councils continue to lead local efforts to beat this disease but are facing increased cost and demand pressures at the same time as experiencing a significant drop in income."

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Coronavirus: LGA statement on local government funding crisis

“Extra funding for councils will be helpful but they will need up to four times the funding they have been allocated by government so far."

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LGA responds to extra coronavirus funding for councils

LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson said: “Councils across the country are leading efforts to support communities through the unprecedented coronavirus crisis we face. They continue to do an amazing job."

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Coronavirus pushing councils to 'financial failure' without 'cast-iron' Government funding pledge

Councils across the country are leading local efforts to support communities through the coronavirus crisis and keep day-to-day services running. This has led to significant unforeseen demands and costs caused by the pandemic – to protect the vulnerable such as older, disabled and homeless people - and in order to continue to keep normal services running, such as bin collections. This is at the same time as councils have seen a large and immediate hit to their income. Many councils use income from fees and charges to fund a range of services, such as leisure and planning services, many of

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Council employees' improved pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered an improved pay increase of 2.75 per cent from 1 April 2020, plus an additional one day’s leave which would increase the minimum entitlement from 21 to 22 days per year (plus public holidays).

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Government measures to ease council cash flow pressures

"These measures will help councils with their cash-flow as they grapple with extra costs, lost income, and demand pressures as a result of the pandemic."

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Small businesses receiving billions in coronavirus support funding

Small businesses across the country are receiving billions in vital cash payments from councils to help support them through the coronavirus crisis.

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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."