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Coronavirus: information for councils
Behavioural Insights Programme 2020
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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.
LGA responds to DfE school attendance figures
“Councils have a legal duty to ensure capacity but need powers to open new schools or direct academies to expand. This is the best way to ensure as many children as possible get the places they want.”
LGA responds to Business and Planning Bill to support reopening of hospitality sector
"It is vitally important that councils retain oversight of the activities allowed in their local areas so that they can manage different interests, including the need to contain COVID-19, accessibility issues, the interests of local residents and any competing demands between different businesses."
LGA jobs and skills recovery: an integrated local employment and skills offer, June 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, local government has been trusted to support local businesses with advice and grants, help the unemployed while jobcentres dealt with universal credit claims, delivered a hardship fund to the most vulnerable, kept people learning online and supported the local training provider base.
Using Marmot principles to tackle health inequalities and COVID-19, 23 June 2020
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LGA statement on BBC research on COVID-19 funding pressures
“We are pleased the Government has indicated it is working on a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing financial challenges councils face this financial year. We urge the Government to bring forward details as soon as possible and ensure it address three key elements of the pressures facing councils."
BSA and LGA Greening Procurement webinar – blog
During the session, the following was covered: The climate emergency and the work of local authorities in helping to prevent climate change and
LGA responds to Early Years Alliance report
“Having enough childcare places will be essential to support families and get the economy moving again, while supporting children’s development and getting them ready for school."
COVID-19 “React, Respond, Renew” – what does this mean for the local government workforce?
Councils worked at breakneck speed and pulled out all the stops to protect communities and support the most vulnerable in response to the global pandemic. Our workforce was at the heart of helping us through this national emergency. Our Workforce Principal Adviser, Sarah Ward, reflects on how this changed work for all of us and what will be different in our workplaces as we move forward into the renew stage of this new world.
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