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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.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Midlands Combined Authority
The combined authority argues further devolution, whether of careers education or, as in Greater Manchester, of health would allow better join up and tailoring: “I think that is an absolutely critical missing piece of the skills and education devolution at the moment.”
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West of England Combined Authority
The combined authority argues that a devolved approach has made it easier to create stronger links and have more strategic conversations about how and what is delivered, based on need.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Tees Valley Combined Authority
The combined authority argue that devolving the skills revenue and capital funding in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund would better allow it to align all funding streams and produce a linear model which would offer support to people from transitions into work to progression in the labour market.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: North of Tyne Combined Authority
Managing funding locally through devolved budgets has increased scrutiny of how money is being used to meet local skills needs.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Liverpool City Region
The City Region argues that devolution has allowed it to move away from policy silos and address interconnected problems in a far more joined up way, for example Households into Work having an impact on social housing strategy.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Greater Manchester Combined Authority
"devolution is fantastic and I think we've proved we can manage it".
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Cornwall Council
The devolution of employment and skills led to the profile of these areas being raised within both the local authority and the LEP and has resulted in the creation of a fully resourced and funded team to manage programmes and strategy.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
The combined authority believes that devolution has increased its influencing power and that it is more involved in decisions at an earlier stage. As a result, other national bodies, such as the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), are now in discussions with the combined authority about how to devolve funding to meet its specific skills needs.
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