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Health precautions urged by councils to combat coronavirus in heatwave

As Britain braces itself for a heatwave this week, councils are urging people to take all necessary health precautions against the rising temperatures, while maintaining social distancing and protecting those most vulnerable to coronavirus.

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Health precautions urged by councils to combat heatwave

Councils are urging residents to keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly family and friends and help save lives as the nation heads outside to bask in the sunshine. 

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Heatwave: bathers warned of drowning risk following recent deaths

"Councils want to make sure everyone is safe around water, which is why we are urging people to follow our advice to be careful and vigilant to the dangers."

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LGA responds to announcement of £500 million funding to support vulnerable households over winter

"We want to work quickly with government to clarify the details of the funding, including how it will be distributed and any guidance on how it must be used."

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LGA responds to Covid autumn winter plan

“Councils stand ready to support the NHS in the roll out of a booster vaccination programme, including using their unique local knowledge to help contact and prioritise all those who are eligible."

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LGA responds to Government statement on flooding

“To support protection work by councils to prepare for heavy rainfalls this winter, funding for flood defences needs to be devolved to local areas to ensure money is directed towards projects that best reflect local needs."

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LGA responds to PAC report on managing flood risks

"We are pleased the inquiry highlights the need for better understanding of whether funding to each local authority matches the level of flood risk it faces."

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LGA: Councils working to protect communities as Storm Eunice arrives

Council staff continue to work around-the-clock to protect communities as the nation braces itself for Storm Eunice to bring further extreme weather across England.

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Look out for vulnerable as temperatures drop, councils urge

People are being urged by councils to check in on vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure they are safe with parts of the country set to experience low temperatures.

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Storm Ciara: councils work round-the-clock to repair damage

Council staff are working flat out round-the-clock repairing the damage caused by Storm Ciara.