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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.
Achieving the economies of scale for electric vehicles: the critical role of EV charging infrastructure
"If the UK is to retain its pioneering achievements in the corporate sector and the UK government is to deliver on its net zero ambitions, fleet electrification will need to be successful".
Legal literacy: safeguarding people experiencing homelessness, 15 February 2021
Presentations for this event are available here.
Community Testing in Boston
Boston Borough Council worked with Lincolnshire County Council’s public health team and the Department of Health and Social Care, to set up two ‘rapid’ community testing sites in Boston to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in residents who are asymptomatic.
COVID-19: lessons from school testing (Lancashire, Manchester and Birmingham)
At the end of 2020, Star Academies undertook pilots of daily COVID-19 testing in three of their schools (in Lancashire, Manchester and Birmingham).
Action on Climate in Teignbridge: Conversations make a difference
ACT emphasise the importance of having trusted people, including local councillors, for residents to speak to.
Bath & North East Somerset Council: Lean on partners’ campaigns
Recognising the council cannot do it alone, the communications team is amplifying its reach through committed and enthusiastic partners.
Oxford City Council: Mobilise residents in climate emergency
OCC is using the evidence-based recommendations from its 2019 Citizens’ Assembly to steer their approach to climate change.
Bristol City Council: Share insights and evidence of success
BCC was the first council to declare a Climate Emergency in 2018, and in their approach to comms and engagement, evaluation is key.
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