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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.
Tackling labour abuse and modern slavery in the hand car wash sector
It has been said that modern slavery is hidden, but often in plain sight. Hand car washes are a good example of this and have been a particular area of focus. In recent years, the sector has become common in our high streets and communities, but local residents may be unwittingly using victims of labour exploitation or even modern slavery to wash their cars.
LGA responds to Sport England funding support package
“We urge Sport England to work with the Government to also secure grant funding for these organisations."
Coronavirus (COVID-19) communications support and templates: Culture, leisure and libraries
Whilst some services run by councils, including libraries, museums and leisure centres have been forced to close their doors as we tackle COVID-19, that doesn’t mean councils have forgotten the valuable role they play in our daily lives.
COVID-19: vulnerable groups and volunteering
Information and guidance for vulnerable groups and volunteers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) communications support and templates: Understanding the role of local government
In recent weeks, it’s become clear that some people don’t understand the role of the council, its employees and how important many of our services are to their lives. There’s been much debate and discussion about who is and who isn’t a key worker, and who should and shouldn’t be out doing their jobs.
LGA responds to IPPR report on support for children during coronavirus
"We are pleased that government has agreed that a significant amount of new hardship funding can be used flexibly by councils on local pressures and priorities, including on helping those who are most vulnerable."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to food vouchers announcement for young people from low-income families
“There are already an estimated 1.3 million young people entitled to free school meals, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that there are now a large number of families signing up to benefits."
Coronavirus: Bus services taking health and care staff to work need rescue package
Bus services which are vital in getting health and care staff and other key workers to the frontline during the coronavirus outbreak will struggle to survive without emergency rescue funding, the Local Government Association says today.
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