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Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA responds to new package to encourage more to self-isolate
Lessons learned in communicating devolution
LGA responds to chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser's coronavirus warning
“Councils continue to work tirelessly to support residents and businesses through this pandemic and keep services running. It is vital they have the resources they need to lead and protect their communities and support the national effort to minimise the impact of the second wave of this deadly virus.”
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Negotiating the delivery of gypsy and traveller sites through local planning
Everyone has a right to a decent home, and not everyone’s housing needs are the same. The provision of pitches for Gypsies and Travellers is just another form of housing that is needed by a specific part of the community.
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19: LGA responds to new package to encourage more to self-isolate
“Councils have led the way in supporting residents and businesses through this crisis and will keep playing their part to support the national effort."
LGA responds to social care winter plan and COVID-19 taskforce report
“Free supplies of PPE is good and the right distribution needs to be in place to make sure supplies reach the frontline on time. Councils and providers should also be compensated for PPE already purchased for COVID-19 to date. These measures should be backed up by ensuring everyone in the community who needs a test can get one."
LGA responds to government announcement on Marshal scheme
“This announcement has caused confusion among councils who need urgent clarity from the Government on any extra resources and details on how it should work on the ground."
South Ribble – Supporting mental health provision in the local business population
The collaborative working of the South Ribble partnership and the Lancashire Mental Health to Businesses (MH2B) Building Blocks Partnership has allowed South Ribble to be a representative sample of the wider Lancashire area, meaning that the focus on the development can be on a much smaller area, with recommendations able to be rolled out over a larger area.
LGA responds to APPG report on access to contraception
“Councils have been working hard to maintain and expand access to sexual and reproductive health services, both during and prior to the pandemic, despite severe funding pressures."
Surrey – broadening a partnership agenda around ‘hidden talent’
Although the existing Surrey survey data was a useful tool, the arguments benefited from being broadened out to encompass evidence and examples from beyond Surrey to demonstrate to new partners the economic benefits of employing hidden talent and that this is not just a local agenda but part of a larger set of issues being recognised and championed globally by both small and large employers.
Reading – using data to focus and set a new skills direction
The key learning from the Reading work has been the power and potential of locally relevant data (as opposed to broad UK data) to create a shared understanding of the challenge and stimulate joint action.
Haringey – Maximising employment outcomes for Haringey residents facing health barriers to work
Key to being able to leverage the power of partnerships is to have the ability to jointly influence funding, commissioning and resource.
Essex – developing a new approach and Skills Engine
The council is working closely with anchor institutions to identify the plans of large employers, mapping the asset base and developing a ‘Skills Engine’. This will support local recruitment and a drive to increase higher skilled and knowledge-intensive employment.
Bristol: Working closely with local partners to co-produce an innovative employment and skills offer in South Bristol
Through the development of a Work Local model, the council wants to improve employment, skills and workforce development opportunities. By engaging with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to understand their future workforce needs, and working with local partner agencies, the city council is building a support offer for local residents to develop job opportunities and career pathways.
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