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LGA responds to national report by HMICFRS on fire and rescue services response to the pandemic
“The report rightly highlights the important work of the fire sector in responding to the pandemic. Fire authorities are proud of their work in responding to the pandemic and supporting their communities. I also want to thank all those firefighters and other staff who volunteer to help save lives and reduce the pressure on the NHS."
COVID-19 communications: Vaccine communications: LGA and LGcomms webinar
On Thursday, 22 January 2021, we held a webinar on vaccine communications in partnership with LGcomms. Communications and engagement will be crucial to the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. As more vaccines continue to be delivered, this webinar looked at how councils and their partners can effectively communicate with all residents on programme.
COVID-19 vaccine communications, 21 January 2021
Download the presentation from Dr Michelle Constable, Hertforshire.
Reimagining the future of public leisure services, 21 January 2021
Karen Bradford, Chief Executive, South Kesteven District Council Laurie Fergusson, Strategic Service Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Ian
Domestic Abuse Bill Committee Stage House of Lords - 25 and 27 January; 1, 3 and 8 February 2021
The Domestic Abuse 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, whilst also helping to challenge perpetrator’s behaviour. It is a positive step in the right direction.
Environment Bill, Report Stage, House of Commons, January 2021
We welcome the reintroduction of the Environment Bill. The legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic must be that we, as a nation, grasp the opportunity to protect and enhance our natural environment, and tackle the climate emergency. It is vital that we continue to improve air quality, protect against flooding, and ensure our transport, waste and energy policies are environmentally sustainable.
'Going out and talking with public openly and honestly has been beneficial'
Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough
'The relationship and communication between the leader, the chief operating officer, and across to the director of public health is more important than ever'
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader, York City Council
'Clarity of communication is essential'
Cllr Tim Swift, Leader, Calderdale Borough Council
LGA statement: School attendance during lockdown
“It is clear that demand for places is significantly higher during this national lockdown, meaning schools have been placed in the invidious position of balancing safe pupil numbers in school with the higher expectations of the delivery of up to five hours a day of lessons online.”
LGA responds to vaccine delivery plan and first daily uptake figures
“Vaccinating as many people as possible is the only certain way we can get through this pandemic and it is inspiring to see so many volunteers offer their help alongside frontline staff up and down the country."
COVID-19: Top tips for council leaders
Resource for leaders who have experienced intervention followed by negotiations to enter into ‘high’ or ‘very high’ local alert level.
COVID-19: community testing case studies
A series of case studies on community testing.
LGA: Councils respond to COVID-19 community testing expansion
“Local knowledge and expertise has proved vital in combating COVID-19 and councils want to work with the Government to develop testing strategies which contain and reduce the virus in every area of the country, and for every section of our diverse communities."
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