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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"
Localising decision making: a guide to support effective working across neighbourhood, place and system
This guide has been produced by the LGA and NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) to provide key prompts and actions for local leaders to promote strong localised decision making across health and local government.
Supporting residents who have been affected by cladding issues
This Local Government Association (LGA) briefing is aimed at ward councillors supporting residents in their local areas. It explains the background to the cladding scandal, highlights issues facing residents, and sets out ways in which councillors might support them.
LGA responds to Crisis report on preventing 60,000 people from becoming homeless in England
“Council housing waiting lists could nearly double as a result of COVID-19. It is vital that the government lifts the No Recourse to Public Funds condition to help prevent homelessness for the migrants who can't currently access the welfare safety net."
LGA responds to DCMS Committee report on broadband roll-out
Responding to the report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on broadband roll-out, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Digital connectivity spokesperson at the Local Government Association, said:
Re-thinking homelessness prevention
At the heart of this research was a recognition that the way we talk about homelessness prevention needs to change, recognising the vital importance of upstream cross-service prevention work in local homelessness systems, and the role of councils, their partners and central government policy in delivering this work.
LGA responds to Tier 4 announcement
“Driving strong local action and tougher restrictions will add further pressure to already over-stretched council budgets. It remains imperative that the Government meets, in full, all the extra costs councils incur as a result of leading communities through the pandemic and income losses they suffer as a result."
LGA Business Plan 2019-2022
This business plan, updated in 2020, sets out how the LGA will continue to support and be an advocate for councils.
LGA responds to EPI report on COVID-19 costs for schools
“The Government needs to go further to help schools pay for the cost of the pandemic. Unless the COVID-19 workforce fund is extended after Christmas, backdated and eligibility for it widened, more schools will have no option but to close after having spent their budgets on supply teachers, which will only serve to exacerbate growing attainment gaps.”
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