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Open call to councils: COP26 exhibition stand
Housing Advisers Programme
Councils respond to Michael Gove appointment as MHCLG Secretary of State
Supporting rough sleepers at a time of national crisis, 22 September 2021
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LGA responds to Royal College of Psychiatrists report on children’s mental health
“The pandemic has exacerbated existing mental health issues among children but even before this, the number of children referred to mental health services soared by nearly 60 per cent between 2017/18 and 2019/20. "
LGA responds to Kerslake Commission report on ending rough sleeping
“Councils stand ready to work with government to realise its ambition of ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament. For that to happen, the Government must use the forthcoming Spending Review to announce a cross-departmental homelessness prevention strategy."
Labour Party Annual Conference 2021
The Labour Party will be holding its annual Conference in Brighton, from Saturday 25 September to Wednesday 29 September 2021.
LGA responds to new Swim England report warning that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost by the end of the decade
"The findings in this report adds to our own recently published evidence highlighting that 72 per cent of schools rely on public swimming pools to teach children how to swim and water safety skills making them essential for delivering the national curriculum."
LGA responds to Children Commissioner’s Big Ask survey
“To respond to what children and young people have told us, we need funding to reinvest in vital universal and early help services, including mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people, and properly resourced holistic family support for families experiencing financial hardship."
Leicester City Council: Carbon Awareness in Leicester City Schools
In order to raise awareness through the community of Leicester, the city council intend to use the Carbon Literacy Project as a way of accrediting university students and school staff to become carbon literate trainers who will deliver training to school students within the city.
Derbyshire County Council: Green Entrepreneurs Fund
As part of the Government’s drive for a green industrial revolution and the Council’s COVID Economic Strategy and climate change commitments, Derbyshire County Council has launched a Green Entrepreneurs Fund – a £2 million grant fund to help local businesses develop and invest in green energy and carbon reduction, and provide a boost to the local economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
Thinking of putting forward a motion to your council? Independent Group members have shared some of their council motions to inspire others who may be interested in similar topics. Example motions include Lewes District Council's motion on mental health and Norwich City Council's motion on biodiversity emergency.
Our factsheets offer guidance on a range of resources including governance, social media and budget setting.
Good practice examples and templates
A key benefit of LGA membership is sharing good practice amongst our councils. Our good practice provides useful insight and examples for any Independent group members looking to learn from others. Resources include councillor workbooks, an example Covid-19 recovery plan from North Kesteven and a handy template which summarises how to set terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between different parties.
Liberal Democrat Next Generation programme
The Local Government Association (LGA) Liberal Democrat Group Next Generation has been developed within the traditions and values of the Liberal Democrat party, drawing on a range of experts to create an unparalleled political development opportunity for participants.
New issue of first magazine is online
Did you know that first magazine is available in an online format? Take a look around and let us know what you think of its new design. The pdf is still available to download and you can now also subscribe to an email alert so that you never miss new content.
Fit for the Future consultation feedback - executive summary and next steps
Fit for the Future is an initiative developed in a partnership between the National Employers (England), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) – referred to as “the partners” within this document.
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Local government is already the most efficient, transparent and trusted part of the public sector. In this time of austerity, we will also need to be even more ambitious when it comes to reshaping services in the future.