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Local leaders call for long term funding certainty for councils in Spending Review
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
Civility in public life
Biodiversity e-learning for councils
The LGA has produced a new e-learning module on biodiversity aimed at council officers and members. The module will provide an introduction to the subject, as well as providing tips and guidance on how councils can take action to protect their natural habitats.
LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care
“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."
Cyber security – 10 questions for a councillor (and any layperson) to ask
The LGA Cyber, Digital and Technology team have developed a list of 10 questions that you can use to better understand cyber security arrangements and how risk is being managed within your council.
LGA responds to CQC State of Care report
“The Spending Review and forthcoming white paper must set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, involving councils, care workers and those with lived experience, if we are to build back better and develop a care and support system fit for the future.”
LGA responds to funding for adult social care workforce
“Next week’s Spending Review will need to provide sustainable funding to help councils and providers plan with confidence over a longer-term as opposed to one-off, time-limited injections of funding."
LGA responds to NHS Digital report into number of social care requests
The LGA responds to the 2020/21 adult social care finance and activity report for England, published by NHS Digital.
Reigate and Banstead: community workers helping people of all ages
Reigate and Banstead’s community development workers are a key part of the borough council’s work to tackle social isolation. They are embedded in the community and work with people of all ages, helping establish volunteer networks for older people, intergenerational art and craft groups and activities for teenagers and young people.
Norfolk: how libraries can connect communities
Norfolk has a well-established Healthy Libraries scheme that is having a significant impact on social isolation and loneliness. The library service runs a range of initiatives from singing and colouring groups to a reading project aimed at people who are housebound. They have played a vital role in keeping people living in the large rural county connected both before and during the pandemic.
Middlesbrough: making it easier for people to access services and activities
A Big Lottery funded programme aimed at tackling social isolation has been running in Middlesbrough for the past seven years. It has helped to fund a range of different activities across the borough for the over 50s. To help people access these activities, extra support has been put in place to make it easier for people to get out-and-about by working with public transport providers and businesses to create an age-friendly environment.
Leeds City Council: using neighbourhood networks to connect communities
Leeds City Council has commissioned its 37 neighbourhood networks to help tackle social isolation and loneliness. They provide a range of support, which continued throughout the pandemic, helping hundreds of vulnerable and frail older people stay connected.
Calderdale: making the most of the local community
Calderdale Council has set up a programme to tackle loneliness that is based in local communities – there are separate locality teams. Workers are employed to support local activities and groups and connect people referred into the programme with opportunities that suit them. One of the major strengths of the programme is that it is driven by local people who know their communities the best.
Working in partnership: How councils can work with the voluntary and community sector to increase civic participation?
Local democracy is strongest when there are high levels of civic representation, where citizens voices are heard and taken into account in local decision-making. However, not all individuals in society feel they can participate equally in the civic arena. This research focuses on how councils can work with their local voluntary and community sector to improve civic participation of underrepresented groups.
Living with COVID-19 and preparing for the challenges of winter, Tuesday 19 October 2021
Living with COVID-19 and preparing for the challenges of winter Emer Forrest, COVID-19 Communications Manager, London Borough of Haringey Council
Delivering local net zero
How councils could go further and faster
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