Re-thinking local: our offers and asks

The Government must offer the broadest vision possible in its upcoming Devolution White Paper, and present a localist Spending Review with place-based budgets, in tune with the needs of the local economy, communities and the environment.

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Economic recovery

Our offer to Government
As councils we stand ready to deliver an ambitious programme of financial stimulus and have the knowledge and expertise to direct funds where they will be able to deliver immediate impact to protect jobs and livelihoods and support long-term transformation of the economy, infrastructure and services in every locality.

Our ask of Government
We need Government to set the national fiscal and policy framework which will support councils to deliver on this agenda.

Adult social care

Our offer to Government
To support the Government’s reform process by facilitating the essential cross-party cooperation that is a prerequisite for success.

Our ask of Government
To work with all parts of social care, particularly those with lived experience, on a way forward for the long-term future of care that is informed by the many valuable lessons from the pandemic on the role and value of social care in all our lives.

Relationship with the NHS

Our offer to Government
To collaborate and work jointly with NHS partners, not only with frontline staff but also around commissioning and planning to ensure that more care and support is planned and delivered as close to home as possible.

Our ask of Government
To ensure that system-wide plans of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships build on and knit together place-based plans and neighbourhood delivery. The NHS needs to work closely with health and wellbeing boards on local transformation and sustainability plans, incorporating the whole of health, social care and public health.

Public health

Our offer to Government
To convene the wide range of local partners needed in order to deliver a place-based approach to public health.

Our ask of Government
While we live with COVID-19, Government must work with council leaders and partners to ensure the consequences do not impact more on some groups, communities and places than others and result in further increases in health inequalities.

Supporting vulnerable local people

Our offer to Government
To continue to work with all partners to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19 from the immediate, short-term and longer term impacts of the pandemic.

Our ask of Government
To work with councils to design the future programme of support to the vulnerable so there is an integrated and holistic offer based around the support councils are already providing to shielded and non-shielded vulnerable people.

Children and young people

Our offer to Government
To build on the effective partnerships established with schools and settings during the pandemic to support and protect children, young people and families.

Our ask of Government
To invest in preventative universal and early help services to ensure that children, young people and families receive the practical, emotional, educational and mental health support they need, as soon as they need it.

Climate change and air quality

­­­Our offer to Government
To build on the public’s new sense of ownership of the environment and local green recovery, with councils doing more of the heavy lifting to get local buy-in for making a transition to a green economy.

Our ask of Government
To facilitate a locally-led green recovery, with funding flexibilities to stimulate the economy and as part of long-term allocations guaranteed for councils which will allow them to invest in green housing, jobs, infrastructure and other environmental measures locally and for the long term.

Skills and the green economy

Our offer to Government
To provide an integrated and devolved approach to skills, increasing qualifications and bringing fiscal benefits.

Our ask of Government
The Government should back the LGA’s ‘Work Local’ model for integrated and devolved employment and skills provision by funding local pathfinders in each region.