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LGA - Tougher licensing powers needed to crack down on COVID-19 safety breaches

Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted.

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Urgent investment needed to boost mental health recovery

Failure to urgently invest in mental health and other vital local services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the pandemic, councils in England warn today. 

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LGA responds to home-to-school transport and bus funding

“The most effective way forward would be for the Government to give councils oversight of local bus services, so they can ensure effective targeting of any public funding"

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‘Don't put lives at risk' : councils issue COVID-19 heatwave warning

People need to take all necessary health precautions as Britain looks set to bask in a heatwave and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly family and friends - while maintaining social distancing – who are most at risk if they catch coronavirus.

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Creative industries can play a key role in the COVID-19 recovery

“Local creative industries can be the cornerstone of recovery for our communities and local economies from the impacts of COVID-19."

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LGA responds to Children's Commissioner briefing

“Councils have been working closely with schools throughout the coronavirus pandemic to ensure they remain open for vulnerable children and families, and where needed, councils have delivered vital IT equipment for children."

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LGA responds to Government 'Planning for the Future' proposal

“Councils are committed to ensuring new homes are built and communities have quality places to live."

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£1 billion loss to local economies if COVID-19 grant schemes closed

“Shutting the discretionary scheme would be a mistake by the Government at this time. Councils need more time and flexibility to ensure as many businesses can benefit from this funding."

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LGA: water safety vital as accidental drownings peak in summer holidays

Children and young people need to be made more aware of the dangers of swimming in open water as the summer holidays get underway.

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1,400 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

“Government needs to ensure councils are properly funded in the long-term to tackle modern slavery and support its victims, as well as creating a future-proof NRM system able to support the growing numbers of victims we are seeing."