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Queen’s Speech: councils respond
Queen's Speech (May 2021): On-the-Day Briefing
MPs support greater powers and funding for councils ahead of Queen's Speech
LGA responds to DEFRA’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare
"The Government should balance the need to educate consumers alongside the need for enforcement, particularly in terms of poor welfare overseas, and it must ensure councils can practicably take action in response to new regulations."
Political leadership: Middlesbrough Council
Middlesbrough Council is a unitary local authority with a directly elected Mayor. In the 2019 (all out) elections, an Independent Mayor (Andy Preston) was returned, replacing the outgoing Labour Mayor.
Political leadership: Bolsover District Council
After nearly 50 years of a Labour controlled Authority, in May 2019 the Council were in the situation of no overall control.
LGA: Councils respond to the Queen’s Speech
“Councils know their local areas best and stand ready to help lead efforts to ensure the new legislative agenda set out in today’s Queen’s Speech."
This briefing details the new Bills of relevance to local government in the Queen's Speech and outlines our local government priorities.
LGA responds to Skills and Post-16 Education Bill in Queen’s Speech
“It is clear that many people will need to reskill for new jobs after the pandemic and it is good that the Queen’s Speech has included plans to attempt to address this."
‘This isn’t over, but I’m cautiously optimistic as I retire’
An interview with Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council
LGA submission to DEFRA's call for evidence: Local factors in managing flood and coastal erosion risk and Property Flood Resilience 29 March 2021
Councils are well placed to lead a local approach to flood defence, using their local knowledge to ensure that money is directed towards projects that best reflect local needs
Leading and Learning Together: Creating Local Green Jobs Action Learning Sets – Phase 2
This developmental programme was set-up by the LGA in 2020 to support a green recovery at a local level making the creation of green jobs the focus
Creating meaningful engagement with communities on climate change
Online self-service financial assessment for social care
This project was designed to speed up and support individuals to complete financial assessments for social care and reduce failed care packages. Follow-on funding was provided for the development of explanatory videos to be included in the online forms.
Online care plans give people more control
This project explored the development of online care accounts for service users and carers, enabling them to complete tasks such as updating demographic information or downloading care plans.
Taking the strain with cobots in care
Funding was provided for a series of engagement events to raise awareness of cobot (collaborative robot) technology and the potential benefits it can offer the UK care sector.
Using data mapping to inform care decisions
‘The Bridge’ is a tool for data visualisation, designed to display public sector data and provide effective economic forecasting and market insights. Follow-on funding was granted to share the project and its learning with other councils.
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