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Coronavirus: School Academisation should be put on hold during pandemic - LGA

“We want to work with the Government to ensure that schools are given the support they need over the immediate term, and this includes urgently placing a temporary pause on academy conversions during this time.

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LGA: Councils need urgent and sustainable PPE supply

"It is vital that even more of this vital protective equipment is available to those who need it, including our valuable social care staff and others providing essential local services."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to new waste service guidance

"As this new guidance rightly recognises, decisions on waste and recycling services must always be based on local circumstances."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Minister park closures guidance

"Councils want to keep parks open, but people need to follow the social distancing advice."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to food voucher extension to cover Easter holidays

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to our call to extend the food voucher scheme to cover the Easter holidays."

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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. As a result there has been a boom in new digital users. For example, Hampshire County Council has seen a 770 per cent increase in new digital users, Cornwall Council a 630 per cent increase and Hertfordshire County Council an increase of

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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.”

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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."

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Coronavirus: Local Government and Arts Council England launch collaboration to support cultural organisations

The coronavirus outbreak poses serious risks to the country’s network of cultural organisations unless there is a joined-up approach to supporting them, the Local Government Association and Arts Council England set out today.

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LGA responds to Heritage Lottery Fund announcement

Responding to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s £50 million funding announcement for heritage sites, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “We are pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund have provided much needed funding at this difficult time for heritage organisations, who face the additional challenge of high maintenance costs for their buildings during the current closures. "It is also positive that it recognises how investing in the ROSS network will help both heritage organisations, and provide work for hundreds of freelancers. "Preser