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LGA: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
Public health on the frontline: responding to COVID-19
Coronavirus: information for councils
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Coronavirus: certainty needed over ongoing COVID-19 funding for vital local services
"Councils will need further funding and financial flexibilities in the weeks and months ahead to meet ongoing COVID-19 pressures and to keep services running normally."
LGA responds to Children's Society report on financial hardship
Responding to the Children’s Society report which found long-term and sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families, especially those affected by coronavirus, with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:
Directors of public health from across the country talk about the local response to COVID-19.
LGA responds to ONS figures showing annual rise in NEETs
“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”
Department for Education Consultation on Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers, Local Government Association response, 28 May 2020
Ensuring that young people in care and care leavers are able to live in good quality homes that meet their needs is a key priority for councils. However, a range of challenges mean that meeting this priority can be exceptionally difficult, and we are keen to work with the Government and partners to tackle this to make sure children and young people are safe and well supported.
Heatwaves – information for councils
The Heatwave Plan for England been updated to include hot-weather-related risks and precautions specific to COVID-19.
Coronavirus: LGA responds to rough sleeping announcement
“Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe, long-term housing with access to wider support they might need."
LGA responds to Transport Secretary funding announcement
“This funding is good news for local communities and will be most effective when it is directed through councils so that they can commission the essential transport services that many people rely on."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to £300 million test and trace announcement
Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the announcement of £300 million additional funding for local authorities to support the new test and trace service.
LGA responds to SAGE advice to reopen primary schools
"A clear national message is now needed from government about the safe return of children to schools and the scientific advice must be accessible for all parents to support efforts by schools and councils."
Remote council meetings: Swindon Borough Councils
Swindon Borough Council ordinarily held quarterly meetings of their Wider Management Team, which involved approximately 120 Directors, Heads of Service and Senior Managers coming together in face to face round table meetings. Working within the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings were no longer possible.
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our communities during COVID-19 - webinar, 21 May 2020
Download the presentations from this webinar.
LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on homelessness and rough sleeping
"Councils want to take this opportunity to change the lives of our most vulnerable residents and stand ready to work with government on a national plan to move people into safe housing with access to wider support they might need"
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