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LGA statement: self-isolation exemptions guidance
Hot weather – information for councils
Build back local: read our 2021 conference publication
LGA responds to the return of Parkrun events
“Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds, and as one of the largest providers of these facilities councils are committed to ensuring these spaces continue to be accessible for everyone.”
Water safety should start in the classroom – LGA
“Ahead of the first ever World Drowning Prevention Day, it is more important than ever to highlight the need to be aware of water safety."
Stroud District Council: 2030 Strategy - limiting, adapting, recovering and responding in a changing climate
Stroud District Council's comprehensive strategy and plan, unanimously adopted in March 2021 drives progress on their commitment to a carbon neutral and ecologically resilient 2030.
Cheltenham Borough Council: Zero Partnership
Cheltenham Borough Council formed the Cheltenham Zero Partnership, with charity partner Vision21. The partnership will establish a strong network of businesses, community groups and the public sector to help lead the charge for the borough’s aim for carbon neutrality by 2030.
Cheltenham Borough Council: What gets measured gets managed
Cheltenham are using Salix funding as part of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to install a number of sub meters in some of their leisure facilities and listed buildings in order to measure and reduce their energy footprint. The list includes the Pittville Pump Rooms, the leisure centre and their town hall.
North Devon and Torridge Councils: Blue Biosphere Natural Capital Accelerator
Blue Biosphere is a net-zero economic development programme collaborating across Torridge and North Devon to stimulate marine and catchment jobs and raise social mobility through development of Blue Carbon projects, improved fisheries management and marine conservation as well as Blue Growth targeted to deliver high-value jobs to our coastal community.
LGA responds to concerns about self-isolation for critical workers
"It is clear that the current high prevalence of COVID-19 has resulted in large numbers of close contacts being required to self-isolate, which is placing pressure on some council services due to staff shortages. Most councils have been able to keep services running but there is a concern that, if rates increase further, many will be forced to prioritise services that protect the most vulnerable in their communities."
Our vision for a future care workforce strategy
Adult social care leaders have come together for the first time to offer a collective vision of what should be in a care workforce strategy for the growing sector.
The Heatwave Plan for England been updated to include hot-weather-related risks and precautions specific to COVID-19.
‘Don’t put lives at risk’: Councils issue COVID-19 heatwave warning
The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, said people should think carefully before travelling to beaches, parks and other public places and to get in the habit of checking they are safe to visit, following our reaching of step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.
Tree management and woodland creation webinar
In this webinar, speakers from The Tree Council explained why tree management matters, representatives from Defra and the Forestry Commission discussed new opportunities including the England Woodland Creation Offer and the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, and there was a presentation on the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
The role of councils in improving access to affordable credit and financial services for low-income households
This guide offers councils ideas and experience to enable them to make the best use of available resources, maximise the effectiveness and value of their local approaches and to ensure that they are well placed to drive forward positive change in the provision of affordable and responsible finance, for the people and communities that need it the most.
Thriving nature for people and planet
"Thriving nature is fundamental to our health and happiness. That’s why nature’s recovery must be a priority as we take steps to recover from the pandemic."
Priorities for COP26, House of Commons, 22 July 2021
Local government plays a leading role in accelerating the shift towards achieving net zero carbon. With nearly two thirds of councils in England aiming to be carbon neutral 20 years before the national target, councils are well placed to support Government to meet its net zero carbon ambitions by 2050.
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