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LGA responds to COVID-19 council funding package

“The further £500 million extra funding to help councils meet extra COVID-19 costs pressures is helpful but, in the context of the funding gap councils still face, substantial additional funding will be needed and we await further details on how this money will be distributed."

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LGA analysis: COVID-19 council funding gap widens to £7.4 billion

The Local Government Association is calling for the Government to urgently bring forward details of its comprehensive plan to ensure the financial sustainability of councils this year and next.

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LGA statement on BBC research on COVID-19 funding pressures

“We are pleased the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year. We urge the Government to bring forward details as soon as possible and ensure it address three key elements of the pressures facing councils."

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LGA responds to IFS report on coronavirus impact on council finances

"Emergency government funding provided to councils has helped them in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in recent months. Further funding and financial flexibilities are now needed to help councils meet a shortfall which we estimate could reach at least a further £6 billion this year."

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COVID-19 council funding crisis: LGA statement on Minister comments

"We are pleased that the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year as they lead communities through the COVID-19 crisis. We urge the Government to bring forward details of this plan as soon as possible."

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LGA statement on IFS report on COVID-19 business grant scheme

“If all eligible businesses can be contacted and paid, and funding for the discretionary scheme is spent in full, we estimate there could be an underspend of £600 million."

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LGA responds to £63 million local welfare assistance fund

“Councils have responded quickly and effectively to the complex challenges faced by local communities and this funding will help them continue to provide much needed crisis support to households who are struggling to afford food, fuel and other essentials."

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LGA: avoid loan sharks exploiting COVID-19 crisis as average benefit claims up 1,000 per cent

“We know many people are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis, but loan sharks should be avoided at all costs."

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Council loan repayments delay needed amid coronavirus financial crisis

The minimum term for a Public Works Loan Board loan available to councils is one year but this is too long to help with the immediate cash flow shortfalls.

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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."