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COVID-19: good council practice
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‘We had a recipe for something really bad – we had to get on front foot’
An interview with Dr Debbie Chase, Interim Director of Public Health, Southampton City Council
Debate on the Economic Affairs Committee report into social care funding, House of Lords, 28 January 2021
Adult social care and support is a vital service in its own right. It helps people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. It binds our communities, helps sustain the NHS and provides essential economic value to our country. Too often health and social care are set on unequal footings, with the latter viewed (sometimes solely) in terms of the role it can play in supporting the former.
‘It’s a constant juggle – I had areas in three different tiers at same time’
An interview with Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council
LGA responds to £23m funding for community champions
Vaccinating as many people as possible is the only certain way we can get through this pandemic.
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: LGA and LGcomms webinar on vaccine communications
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.
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."
COVID-19: key practice areas
A selection of up to date, informative case studies that aim to help local authorities as they navigate the Coronavirus pandemic.
Spread word about COVID-19 vaccine scam to protect family and friends - councils urge
Council trading standards teams are now receiving reports of scammers calling to offer an appointment to receive a vaccine at a cost or sending a text that directs the recipient to a convincing fake NHS website with a booking link.
LGA: Suspend resumption of school inspections
“Schools and councils need to focus on providing education during the pandemic, without any unnecessary distractions. This is why we are urging Ofsted to postpone the resumption of monitoring inspections for schools, either in-person or virtual, until after February half-term at the earliest.”
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