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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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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."
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Yorkshire Combined Authority
The combined authority would like to see devolution across the whole of employment and skills, in order to join up support and avoid duplication.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Midlands Combined Authority
The combined authority argues further devolution, whether of careers education or, as in Greater Manchester, of health would allow better join up and tailoring: “I think that is an absolutely critical missing piece of the skills and education devolution at the moment.”
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West of England Combined Authority
The combined authority argues that a devolved approach has made it easier to create stronger links and have more strategic conversations about how and what is delivered, based on need.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Tees Valley Combined Authority
The combined authority argue that devolving the skills revenue and capital funding in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund would better allow it to align all funding streams and produce a linear model which would offer support to people from transitions into work to progression in the labour market.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: North of Tyne Combined Authority
Managing funding locally through devolved budgets has increased scrutiny of how money is being used to meet local skills needs.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Liverpool City Region
The City Region argues that devolution has allowed it to move away from policy silos and address interconnected problems in a far more joined up way, for example Households into Work having an impact on social housing strategy.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Greater Manchester Combined Authority
"devolution is fantastic and I think we've proved we can manage it".
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Cornwall Council
The devolution of employment and skills led to the profile of these areas being raised within both the local authority and the LEP and has resulted in the creation of a fully resourced and funded team to manage programmes and strategy.
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