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Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA statement: Free school meal food parcels
COVID-19: LGA responds to national lockdown announcement
LGA responds to new £120 million fund to boost social care sector staffing levels
“Extra funding to fill staff shortages and free up more experienced colleagues to focus on providing care directly will help with the immediate impact of the virus. Social care has been on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic and our dedicated staff rightly need as much support as possible during this incredibly challenging period.”
LGA responds to announcement of ten further mass vaccination centres opening in England
“Rolling out a vaccine to tens of millions of people is a monumental task, so it is hugely encouraging to see the daily progress on rolling out the vaccine, and councils are in a strong position to support this, working with local health partners using their local knowledge to help ensure our most vulnerable residents are vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Universal Credit and working tax credits House of Commons 18 January 2021
LGA’s view is that the £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit (UC) should be retained to provide necessary support to low-income households and to prevent unsustainable costs falling on councils.
LGA responds to Lords report on healthy ageing
“Public health funding for councils has reduced by £700 million over the last five years. If we are to build back better post-pandemic and achieve longer, healthier life expectancy for all, we need the right funding now to put in the extra preventative measures to make that happen.”
LGA responds to coalition call for government planning rethink
“To ensure a successful recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, communities need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led, well-resourced planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area."
LGA responds to Education Secretary’s independent review of children’s social care
“Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood in which they are loved and supported to reach their full potential"
The 2021/22 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement: LGA response
The Local Government Association (LGA) is here to support, promote and improve local government. We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by making the case for greater devolution, helping councils tackle their challenges and assisting them to deliver better value for money services. This response has been agreed by LGA Resources Board Members.
LGA responds to NAO report on housing rough sleepers during COVID-19
“If councils are to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, short-term reactive pots of funding need to be replaced by long-term funding issued through multi-year settlements to give councils the certainty they need to plan local services.”
Community testing in Kirklees
Kirklees was part of the early wave of areas to put itself forward for community testing.
Commissioning and provider services: safeguarding people experiencing homelessness, 13 January 2021
Presentations for this event are available here.
LGA responds to Mental Health Act reform white paper
"This white paper is an excellent opportunity to update the law and improve support for everyone who needs it. We strongly support the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment."
LGA responds to Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty report
“This report shows the worrying impact that COVID-19 has had on some of the most vulnerable in our communities and has pushed more people on low incomes into poverty."
Around 450 primary schools’ worth of children stuck in temporary accommodation during lockdown
“Our six-point plan would give councils a better chance of being able to move homeless children into permanent accommodation "
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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