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LGA: avoid loan sharks exploiting COVID-19 crisis as average benefit claims up 1,000 per cent

“We know many people are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis, but loan sharks should be avoided at all costs."

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LGA responds to Age UK report on coronavirus care costs

"We know that care providers are facing extra costs during this time and we have worked closely with them since the beginning of the pandemic to understand what they are. The vast majority of councils have helped providers with these extra costs to the best of their ability, considering all of the evidence."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to NHS Volunteer Responder scheme expansion

“This national volunteering scheme is an important back-up to councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis.”

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Council loan repayments delay needed amid coronavirus financial crisis

The minimum term for a Public Works Loan Board loan available to councils is one year but this is too long to help with the immediate cash flow shortfalls.

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on excess deaths

"Social care, including care homes and providing care in people’s homes, remains the frontline in the fight against coronavirus."

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LGA responds to funding announcement for domestic violence charities

"Councils can’t tackle domestic abuse alone. To help prepare for an expected surge in demand for support from victims as lockdown measures ease, we would like the Government to engage more with police, councils and the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and to create a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Strategy for England and Wales."

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LGA responds to eviction ban extension

"We are pleased the Government has acted on our call to extend the current measures to protect tenants from eviction, which will provide reassurance that they will not lose their home because of coronavirus."

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LGA responds to Crisis report on rise in homelessness

"Following the initial surge in demand for accommodation, councils are also now experiencing an urgent need for more accommodation as people, including young people, continue to face homelessness and rough sleeping."

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LGA: social care providers face more than £6bn in extra COVID-19 costs

Providers of adult social care services may face more than £6.6 billion in extra costs due to the coronavirus crisis by the end of September this year, stark new analysis commissioned by councils and social care directors reveals.

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Every death from this dreadful disease is a personal tragedy and our thoughts go out to those family and friends in mourning."