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Councils respond to Budget 2021
Budget 2021 – On-the-Day Briefing
LGA responds to £79 million mental health funding boost for children and young people
“This is a positive step amid the pandemic which has exacerbated existing child mental health problems and will help support an expected surge in related cases as schools reopen next week."
Domestic Abuse Bill, Report Stage House of Lords 8,10 & 15 March 2021
The Bill introduces important measures which will help to raise awareness of domestic abuse and will go some way to providing additional support to domestic abuse victims
Full opening of schools, 25 February 2021
Suite of guidance documents for education settings on Gov.uk: Early Years Schools Further Education Special schools, special post-16 providers and
LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on achieving net zero
We are very pleased that the Committee has backed our call for a national fiscal and policy framework for addressing the climate emergency.
LGA responds to HCLG Committee inquiry launch into adult social care funding
“This cross-party inquiry will be another important contributor to how we can sustainably pay for social care services, which have been seriously impacted by the pandemic but also affected by decades of delayed reforms by successive governments of different political colours.”
New guidance on restricting staff movement in care homes
On 3 March 2021, the Government published guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between care settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of infection.
COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Webinar, 3 December 2020
View the presentation slides and video from this event.
How St Helens Library Service positively impacts on speech, language and communication outcomes for children
St Helens Library Service works in partnership across the Council and beyond to ensure children and young people have a positive start in life, through the provision of quality books and activities that strengthen speech, language and communication.
COVID-19: direct payments, including where they are used to employ Personal Assistants
Please note this is a factual summary of what is in the two sets of guidance and is not a policy position
LGA: Local government must be able to lead shoulder-to-shoulder with NHS on COVID-19 vaccination drive
The LGA said the Government and NHS must utilise the knowledge and experience of directors of public health when it comes to distributing a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Debate on regulation and prevention of online harm - House of Commons, 19 November 2020
The internet has created a powerful medium for the exploitation and abuse of children on an international scale and makes it harder to monitor abuse and bullying. Social media has provided a platform for the sharing of harmful images and information affecting self-esteem, self-image and mental health. These issues must be tackled on a local to national to international level.
Joint circular no. 114 - police staff council handbook: part 3 guidance on police staff misconduct procedures
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LGA response to the Government’s consultation on allocation methods for New Burdens funding: New Duty on Local Authorities to Provide Domestic Abuse Support in Safe Accommodation in England Friday 13 November 2020
Councils recognise they have an important role to play in tackling domestic abuse, alongside partners in health, education, housing, the police and wider services. The Government’s commitment to ensure adequate funding will be provided to place vital accommodation-based domestic abuse services on a long-term, sustainable footing is therefore a positive step.
Member Peer Virtual Meeting -12 November 2020
Making Health Everyone’s Business Professor Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
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