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Look out for vulnerable as temperatures drop, councils urge
Huge spending on children’s and adult social care not enough to support everyone, councils warn
Four priorities for the adult social care white paper
Pass the planet: Showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals, 9 November 2021
The LGA webinar, 'showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals', was organised as part of the LGA’s green webinar series.
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, November 2021
It is vital that new burdens funding is provided to councils to support the proactive work necessary to ensure compliance with the legislation. This will enable councils to ensure compliance through supporting freeholders to understand and comply with the new requirements, with financial penalties being used as a matter of last resort.
People are being urged by councils to check in on vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure they are safe with parts of the country set to experience low temperatures.
LGA responds to NAO report into effectiveness of Government’s Kickstart Scheme
“To ensure employment and skills programmes are as effective as they can be in future, councils and combined authorities should be placed at the heart of delivering a coherent and local offer building on their proven track record of delivering similar services and support.”
LGA responds to latest adult substance misuse treatment statistics
"As these figures show, more needs to be done to meet increasing demand and a huge amount of unmet need, with more than half a million adults estimated to have alcohol dependency, while a high proportion of those receiving treatment are living in the most deprived areas."
National Children and Adult Services Virtual Conference 2021, 24-26 November 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
LGA responds to National Transfer Scheme announcement
"Councils will want to continue to work closely with government to ensure the rights and needs of children are at the heart of these new arrangements. These need to enable local partners to give children the help they need, including mental and physical health support and appropriate education."
Down Syndrome Bill: Second Reading, House of Commons, 26 November 2021
Councils already play a key role in supporting people with Down syndrome to help them live the lives they want to lead, including through their social care functions and their work with partners, particularly the voluntary and community sector and schools.
The adult social white paper is a chance to publish a vision for the future that is centred around people who draw on social care and ensure they are supported to live their best life. Our four priorities set out what we would like to see in the upcoming care white paper.
T Levels Industry Placement: Providing new opportunities for young people
In 2020, the government launched a new technical qualification called T Level. The LGA, supported by the Department for Education, is offering support to councils to promote their council as a career destination for young people. We are asking councils to provide one young person a T Level industry placement from September 2021.
Hampshire County Council Tree Strategy
The Tree Strategy sets out Hampshire County Council’s approach to increasing and connecting woodland areas, green’ corridors and networks across the county. It will supplement and connect existing sites through group tree planting, to create a county-wide ‘Hampshire Community Forest’.
LGA awards funding for councils as part of Digital Pathfinders Programme
The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the nine successful councils in its new Digital Pathfinders Programme. 75 councils in England were shortlisted through a competitive bidding process.
Swindon Borough Council Menopause Network Group
Swindon BC set up a menopause group in response to media and celebrity profile building, and a suggestion from an employee for the need to open up the discussion about menopause to positively address personal and business needs for being menopause aware.
Cornwall’s first smart-grid enabled wind turbine
As part of our work to cut carbon emissions and increase renewable energy in Cornwall, we have installed a new smart-grid enabled wind turbine in partnership with Centrica that will create enough green energy to power over 1,440 Cornish homes a year.
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