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LGA responds to new £1.5 billion business rates relief fund

“We are pleased the Government will provide councils with funding to offer grant relief to businesses which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and seen their circumstances change due to the effects of the pandemic."

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Councils respond to Budget 2021

“Public finances are undoubtedly under huge strain but investment in our local services will be vital for our national economic and social recovery."

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LGA statement on lockdown business grant funding

“Councils continue to work tirelessly to support communities and businesses through this crisis. This includes distributing more than £11 billion to 880,000 small businesses through previous grant schemes last year."

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LGA responds to provisional 2021/22 Local Government Finance Settlement

"More than 85 per cent of the potential core funding increase next year is dependent on councils increasing council tax by up to 5 per cent next year."

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LGA responds to £170m COVID-19 winter funding package details

“This new funding is good news to help councils continue to support those facing hardship and councils look forward to working with the DWP on the detail and logistics so links can be made with the wider welfare system."

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LGA responds to Spending Review

“Overall, the Spending Review provides more certainty for councils next year but the long-term outlook remains unclear. Public finances will undoubtedly be under huge strain in the years ahead but investment in our local public services is critical to our national recovery next year and beyond."

LGA responds to reports of public sector pay freeze

“It is critical that that the Government uses the Spending Review to provide significant investment so councils can continue to support their employees as much as possible and recruit and retain the staff needed to provide the local services that are delivered every day by our hard-working staff, alongside care workers and NHS colleagues.”

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LGA responds to Lords Public Services Committee report on lessons learned from Covid-19

“Councils have played a crucial role during the pandemic and have demonstrated the strength that comes from local leaders able to work with others and their communities."

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LGA - Record numbers claiming council tax support

More than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year - the highest number since records began in 2015.

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LGA responds to further details around £1 billion COVID-19 funding for councils

"This much-needed support is helpful but significant challenges remain."