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Coronavirus: information for councils
Behavioural Insights Programme 2020
Have your say on the future of sector-led improvement
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The reopening of universities: supporting councils with the implications for local areas
David Regan, Director of Public Health and Sarah Doran, Consultant in Public Health, Manchester City Council Joy Evans, Strategic Manager – Outbreak
Local Outbreaks and Living with COVID-19 - 28 September 2020
Andrea Newman, Director of Communications and Engagement, Surrey County Council Andrea Sturgess, Head of Communications and Engagement, Blackburn with
Fire Safety Bill: Second Reading, House of Lords, Thursday 1 October 2020
We welcome the introduction of the Fire Safety Bill (FSB) and hope it will be an important step in the right direction. We are concerned about some of the practicalities of the Bill, how it aligns with the building safety proposals the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is preparing, and the costs it may impose on councils and other building owners.
LGA launches Return to Work campaigns to support professionals back into work
Three Return to Work campaigns – focusing on ICT, planning and legal – will identify and provide skilled professionals with free training or resources, so they can restart their highly-valued roles and support councils with their COVID-19 recovery strategies.
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No.2) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 30 September 2020
We welcome closer working between the VOA and local authorities. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals. The VOA and councils must receive additional funding to implement these changes.
Watford Borough Council - Altering and adopting a housing allocation scheme
The Local Government Association commissioned Neil Morland & Co to work with Watford Borough Council, to alter their housing allocation scheme, known in Watford as the Housing Nominations Policy. This project took place from March – June 2019.
Annual Licensing Conference, 5 February 2020
Presentations from this event are available here.
LGA responds to bus services announcement
“Local bus services can be a lifeline to older and vulnerable residents and can also play a key role in tackling congestion and reducing greenhouse gases"
Local Government Cyber Security Tools Workshop, 12 February 2020, London
Introduction to the cyber security tools workshop Geoff Connell, Director of IMT and Chief Digital Officer, Norfolk County Council Pathfinders
Tackling Knife Crime conference, 6 February 2020
Download the presentations from this event.
Council employees' pay offer announced
Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 2 per cent from 1 April 2020.
7th National Construction Conference, 4 February 2020
Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness
New research for the LGA by Policy in Practice reveals the LHA rate now available for 9 out of 10 private renters across 279 local areas across the country is lower than their rent. This means that in many parts of the country there are no properties available to those entitled to full support with their housing costs.
The four-year freeze has left some families and vulnerable people – including single parents and disabled people – struggling to pay their rent and cover other household bills. In the worst cases, it is causing homelessness.
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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.