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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"
LGA responds to Government announcement on testing in schools
“While we support the premise of testing before term restarts, it is crucial that all secondary schools are properly supported and able to effectively administer these tests without significant disruption to the children’s learning."
LGA response to NHS England and NHS Improvement consultation on integrated care systems
Integrating care: next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems.
Preparing for the end of the EU Transition Period
Key issues, challenges and opportunities for local councils.
'We must avoid any temptation for ICS to look and feel like old Strategic Health Authorities'
A think piece on the NHS legislation proposals from Cllr Tim Swift, Rob Webster and Robin Tuddenham from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.
LGA responds to increased care home testing announcement
“Social care staff have been on the frontline throughout this pandemic and rightly deserve all the protections they need to continue to doing their incredible work."
Local Government Association Model Councillor Code of Conduct 2020
This Code has been designed to protect our democratic role, encourage good conduct and safeguard the public’s trust in local government.
London Borough of Hackney: Charedi Orthodox Jewish community engagement
The Charedi Orthodox Community leads a highly observant, communal religious life, with no access to TV, radio, mainstream media and little digital access. The council had to consider how to get public health messages to the community without using digital communications.
Domestic Abuse Bill Second Reading House of Lords, Tuesday 5 January 2021
The Domestic Abuse Bill introduces important measures which will help to raise awareness of domestic abuse and will go some way to providing additional support to domestic abuse victims, whilst also helping to challenge perpetrator’s behaviour. It is a positive step in the right direction.
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