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Protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak
Stay home and save lives this weekend
LGA: 600 percent boom in online library memberships in some areas since coronavirus lockdown
All council-owned libraries have closed because of the coronavirus outbreak but residents are still able to access digital library resources.
Councils are providing additional online access to resources under the hashtag #LibrariesFromHome, extending online memberships for no extra fee, and all fines incurred as a result of the closures will be waived.
LGA responds to ADEPT’s survey on coronavirus impact on council waste services
“This survey shows that most council-run general waste and recycling kerbside collection services are operating as normal, which is testament to the sterling work of refuse workers rising to the challenge during the coronavirus crisis."
Coronavirus: information for councils
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Many councils have made significant progress in developing systems to support people who are vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 emergency - this note provides a point of cross-reference.
LGA: stay home and save lives this weekend
“By simply remaining at home, we can save lives and reduce the pressure on our incredible health and social care workers.”
Coronavirus: LGA responds to Government bus funding announcement
Responding to the announcement by the Transport Secretary that bus services in England will receive a funding boost of nearly £400 million, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said:
“Many key workers rely on local buses to get to and from work, whether that is nurses needing to get to hospital or social care staff to look after the most vulnerable.
Coronavirus: Government should consider asking retired care workers to return to work - LGA
Retired care workers being asked to return to work could help support those most at risk of the coronavirus outbreak and provide a much-needed boost to an already over-stretched social care workforce, say council leaders.
LGA responds to Arts Council England funding
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to Arts Council England’s announcement to provide £160 million for the cultural sector.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) communications support and templates: Resident communications
Communicating with residents and ensuring they receive up to date, accurate and accessible information has never been more important as we work to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Coronavirus: LGA responds to hardship funding guidance
“We are pleased that councils will now be able to provide much-needed support to many households on the lowest incomes by quickly reducing or removing the need for them to pay council tax."
COVID-19: business support
Information and guidance related to business support, including on business operations, financial support packages, and business rates.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) communications support and templates: Social media
Social media is one of the most effective ways for local authorities to communicate with residents about the local response to COVID-19. Councils have been utilising their social media channels in a variety of ways to ensure that residents are following Government guidance.
COVID-19 outbreak - councillor guidance
This guidance has been developed to assist elected councillors as councils grapple with the worst public health crisis we have experienced in a century.
COVID-19: housing, planning and homelessness
Information and guidance related to housing, planning and homelessness including temporary accommodation.
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