Three-tier Covid restrictions come at ‘significant cost’ to local authorities, LGA warns

Services for children and young people, including local authority support and early years provision, need an injection of funding to cope with new local lockdown restrictions, experts have said. The Department for Education’s most recent vulnerable children and young people survey found that referrals to children’s services over the two weeks from 10 to 23 August were up 12 per cent on the same period over the last three years. he LGA has welcomed a government pledge of extra funding for councils in tier three as well as a further £1bn for all local authorities combined, however, warn that local authorities will need further powers to control the spread of the virus in their own areas to avoid prolonged restrictions.

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