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Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA responds to rough sleeping figures
Behaviour change and the environment
Park Active for Colchester
Post-COVID 19 lockdown, Colchester Borough Council faced reduced use of its long-stay car parks and pressure for increased pedestrian and cycle access to the town centre. The solution was to enable a Park Active site for Colchester to encourage motorists to park in peripheral car parks more often and actively complete their journeys by walking or cycling. The approach is part of a national pilot programme being led by the BPA and supported by the UK Government.
COVID-19: the culture and entertainment sectors, House of Commons, 2 March 2021
While the Government’s £1.57 billion support package for the arts and culture sector was welcome, the sector is still facing significant financial difficulties. Councils face significant additional cost pressures as a result of COVID-19 and this will directly impact council’s ability to fund discretionary services in the culture sector, at a time when the sector is in urgent need of investment.
Design in the Public Sector: creating meaningful engagement with communities on climate change, 26 February 2021
Dominique Le Touze, Public Health Specialist, Portsmouth City Council Duncan Bell, Climate Change Manager Sustainability Team, Leicester City Council
Polling on resident satisfaction with councils: February 2021
The Local Government Association (LGA) measures resident satisfaction with councils every three to four months. This report presents the results of the twenty-eighth round of polling conducted in February 2021.
Addressing post-pandemic long-term unemployment needs targeted local solutions
“As democratically elected leaders and place shapers, local government is the natural partner of central government and is ideally placed to try and ensure that those out of work as a result of the pandemic are supported back into employment as quickly as possible.”
Recovery and renewal: Tackling long-term unemployment
New projections in this research reveal that the number of long-term unemployed people across England could reach 1.2 million, with significant local variations - a stark reminder of the direct impact on our communities, and the need for targeted solutions.
Briefing – Vaccine Prioritisation
Vaccination policy has been decided nationally, based on evidence-based advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and is very closely managed. Councils do not have local discretion over the decisions and priorities made.
LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on procurement and supply of PPE
“Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS, including on future PPE supply and infection control measures. Frontline health and care workers should receive all the appropriate protective equipment they need.”
LGA responds to NAO report on shielding the clinically extremely vulnerable during lockdown
“As this report recommends, it is crucial that councils receive regular, secure access to data, so that they can reach out and support the right people at the right time."
Community testing in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire County Council set up a rapid testing centre at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester in early December, before launching one in the community.
A Local Path to Net Zero
With the UK Government’s legally binding target to be net zero by 2050, decarbonisation must happen everywhere, from every sector, industry and service, to every place, community and household.
The importance of rail in meeting the UK’s net zero ambitions
"Increasing railway patronage to pre-pandemic levels will be essential if we are to meet the Government’s legal commitment of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050".
Green Economic Recovery - Lewes District Council
The corporate plan, ‘Reimagining Lewes District’, set out the council’s ambitions to achieve net carbon zero whilst continuing to embed community wealth building principles within the district. This case study sets out how it has started to deliver this, within the challenges of the pandemic.
Utilisation of the Workforce Capacity Fund
FAQs based on LGA/ADASS webinars 9 - 11 February 2021
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