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LGA statement on tougher powers for councils to tackle businesses flouting COVID-19 rules

“Ensuring councils have a range of tools at their disposal will allow them to work quickly to help suppress the virus in their communities and take action before it is too late."

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LGA: Concessionary fare funding being used to prop up private bus companies

The LGA is calling on the Department for Transport to end emergency measures forcing councils to fund concessionary bus fares at pre-COVID19 travel levels, amid concern about its sustainability and the impact it is having on council budgets being stretched by the pandemic.

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LGA responds to CQC report on use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing."

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LGA responds to latest test and trace figures

“If we are to prevent this second wave from escalating further, we need the system to meet the recommended 80 per cent benchmark if it is to have any chance of success."

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LGA statement on COVID-19 business grant scheme

"It is councils who are leading local efforts to support communities and businesses through this crisis."

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LGA responds to Treasury one-year Spending Review announcement

“It is hugely disappointing that councils will only get a one-year funding settlement for the third year in a row."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on social care funding and workforce

“This helpful report reinforces our calls for a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care"

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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."

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LGA responds to improvements in housing support for vulnerable people

"This is an important first step to addressing councils’ concerns about the quality, costs and oversight of some supported housing accommodation. We also look forward to seeing the detail of the pilot work."

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LGA responds to Skills for Care workforce report

"Urgent action is needed for the care workforce including on pay, professionalisation, skills and training. We look forward to working with Skills for Care to help address this."