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LGA responds to DCMS Committee report on broadband roll-out

Responding to the report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on broadband roll-out, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Digital connectivity spokesperson at the Local Government Association, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that access to fast and reliable broadband is more important than ever and councils are committed to working closely with the Government to help deliver on its nationwide gigabit-broadband and mobile coverage ambitions. “As this report rightly recognises, councils need to have the local powers and adequate funding to help this ambition become

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LGA responds to Crisis report on preventing 60,000 people from becoming homeless in England

“Council housing waiting lists could nearly double as a result of COVID-19. It is vital that the government lifts the No Recourse to Public Funds condition to help prevent homelessness for the migrants who can't currently access the welfare safety net."

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LGA responds to homelessness funding announcement

“Councils want to continue working with government to build on the success we have achieved during the pandemic to safely accommodate people sleeping rough and prevent individuals and families from facing the tragedy of becoming homelessness."

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LGA responds to EPI report on COVID-19 costs for schools

“The Government needs to go further to help schools pay for the cost of the pandemic. Unless the COVID-19 workforce fund is extended after Christmas, backdated and eligibility for it widened, more schools will have no option but to close after having spent their budgets on supply teachers, which will only serve to exacerbate growing attainment gaps.”

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LGA responds to Tier 4 announcement

“Driving strong local action and tougher restrictions will add further pressure to already over-stretched council budgets. It remains imperative that the Government meets, in full, all the extra costs councils incur as a result of leading communities through the pandemic and income losses they suffer as a result."

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Digital Connectivity Programme provides funding for seven councils

The Local Government Association has announced funding for seven councils which will help them to improve local and regional connectivity.

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LGA responds to Shelter report on people in temporary accommodation

“With council housing waiting lists set to potentially nearly double as a result of COVID-19, we are calling for councils to be given powers to kickstart a post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 new social homes for rent each year, including reform of Right to Buy.”

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LGA responds to UCL report on teenage obesity

"Councils, which are responsible for public health, can help the Government meet its target of halving childhood obesity by 2030 with significant additional investment in public health and leisure services, alongside greater powers to tackle clustering of existing takeaways and to restrict junk food advertising, as part of a whole-system approach."

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LGA responds to £30m Waking Watch Relief Fund announcement

"This fund is good news to help address the ongoing costs to leaseholders of waking watches and reflects what the LGA has long-called for."

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LGA responds to plans to stagger reopening of secondary schools in January

“It is vital that the expertise of local public health teams is used to help with the logistics and rollout of the plan, while government needs to urgently publish guidance that supports this announcement to provide clarity for schools, address questions which currently remain unanswered, and takes account of local needs and capacity challenges.”