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Rising demand heaping pressure on children's social care
More than a million homes with planning permission not yet built
Coronavirus: information for councils
LGA responds to Coram Family and Childcare Survey
“Recent uplifts to the funding rate for providers are helpful, but for many this will fail to cover increasing running costs such as the higher minimum wage."
School exclusions, House of Commons, 26 February 2020
The LGA has raised concerns that councils do not currently have the powers to fulfil their duties to ensure home schooled children are receiving a suitable education. In particular, this is because they have no powers to enter homes or to see children to satisfy themselves that this is the case.
LGA responds to Citizens Advice report into debt collection
"Anyone having trouble paying their council bills should get in touch with their local authority for financial help and advice as soon as possible.”
LGA responds to Marmot Review: 10 years on report
“Councils want to work with government on closing this gap by focusing on the social causes of ill-health, such as early years development, education and employment opportunities and improving services for older people."
LGA responds to Cancer Research UK report on 2030 smokefree target
Responding to a new report by Cancer Research UK about how England is not expected to become smokefree until 2037, seven years behind the Government’s target, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
Debate on energy efficiency measures in buildings to achieve net zero, House of Commons, 26 February 2020
We support the intention of the Government’s proposals to future-proof new build homes with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. The Government’s manifesto commitment for a £3.8 billion capital Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is positive. We look forward to working with the Government to ensure effective implementation.
Delivering the Armed Forces Covenant locally
The Local Government Association commissioned Shared Intelligence to pull together ten case studies of projects supported by the Covenant Fund. This report presents the results of that research.
Contribute to LGA research into young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing
Help us develop a clearer picture the role councils play in identifying and addressing mental health needs early.
Councillors and social media
Key points Social media can be very useful in getting feedback on proposals and communicating information about councillors’ activities Social media
Basics on communicating with residents, colleagues and officers
Key points It is important that councillors set out clearly in their communications whether it is sent in their councillor role or in a private
What does the law say?
Key points Threats to kill, rape, serious violence, stalking and property damage are all criminal offences Intimidating behaviour that is face-to-face
Personal safety guidance Northampton Borough Council - Personal safety guide for councillors Plymouth Council - Personal safety and lone working
Advice for supporting councillors
Key points It is helpful for councils to have an officer to support councillors experiencing public intimidation, and to provide a liaison point with
Key points consider your personal safety and security and incorporate it into planning any public duties or interaction, in association with your
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