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LGA responds to BPPA statement on reopening of pubs

“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with."

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LGA statement on beach safety and social distancing

“It would be a tragedy if our collective efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are undone in a way that leads to a resurgence of this deadly virus that puts further lives at risk.”

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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 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."

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LGA responds to NEU holiday local offer proposal

"We agree that councils must be fully funded and have local flexibility to deliver any scheme that aims to provide additional support and services to vulnerable children and young people over the summer."

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LGA: Beach safety funding needed to prevent chaotic scenes

The “rush to the sun” following easing of lockdown restrictions has become a serious challenge for councils responsible for beach safety, particularly as many lifeguard services have been withdrawn.

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LGA responds to DCN leisure facilities survey

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure facilities which provide thousands of people and families with access to affordable gyms, swimming pools and exercise opportunities they would otherwise not have."

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LGA: New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice on renewal

Excluding councils from the Government’s newly created Cultural Renewal Taskforce removes the local voice on cultural renewal, the Local Government Association warns. 

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Coronavirus: LGA warns leisure providers falling between support packages

Leisure providers which provide vital sport and cultural services for communities are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support, the Local Government Association warns today.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Communities Secretary praise for councils on keeping parks and green spaces open

“Councils know that visiting a park can have a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing during this difficult time."