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Coronavirus: information for councils
LG Futures work on impact of COVID-19 on the Collection Fund
LGA responds to Government 'Planning for the Future' proposal
Creative Places: how can councils support the creative economy? 5 August 2020
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Urgent investment needed to boost mental health recovery
Failure to urgently invest in mental health and other vital local services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the pandemic, councils in England warn today.
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
LG Futures – assessing the financial impact of COVID-19 on tax collection
Both council tax and business rates income are collected by billing authorities and placed into a separate pot called the Collection Fund. Councils and other authorities are paid fixed amounts from the Collection Fund on the basis of the billing authorities’ forecast business rates income as at the start of the financial year. The timings or amounts of these payments cannot be revised within the year according to current regulations.
As part of the response to the COVID-19 financial outlook, the LGA commissioned LG Futures to conduct an independent review of the likely council tax and business rates income implications of COVID-19, including analysing the effect of possible policy measures.
‘Don't put lives at risk' : councils issue COVID-19 heatwave warning
People need to take all necessary health precautions as Britain looks set to bask in a heatwave and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly family and friends - while maintaining social distancing – who are most at risk if they catch coronavirus.
Climate action: health and social care
How can we ensure that health and social care systems will be resilient with the extra pressures they will come under due to climate change?
Climate action: education and the labour market
How can we promote climate education, diversify the labour market and focus on sectors that are sustainable?
Climate action: planning and housing
How can we act on the need to adapt existing properties and estates to address the impacts of climate change – and to plan for new housing stock which is resilient to these impacts?
Climate action: transport and energy
How are we integrating sustainability and resilience into transport and energy plans?
Climate action: procurement and green finance
Have we reviewed our investment strategy, supply chains and procurement models to give due consideration to climate change impacts?
Climate action: our environment
How can we look after our environment and encourage others to do the same?
Climate action: council plans
How can we adopt a clear and detailed strategic plan, and how is it mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation?
Climate action: leadership and communication
How can we champion climate change work from the top and direct action?
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