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LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP
Delivering local net zero
Make school-based counselling available to all children
LGA - Climate emergency: Invest in councils to green retrofit over 1,000 homes a day
“From decarbonising building stock, reducing the number of car journeys and delivering clean energy projects, councils have influence over a third of emissions from their areas and have a pivotal role to play in addressing the climate emergency.”
LGA responds to IPPR report on disparity and health inequalities
“This report adds to the stark evidence, highlighted by the pandemic, about what keeps people healthy and what else needs to be done to spend more years in good health."
Place-based collaboration for culture and heritage: London and South regions, 18 October 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
Worcestershire: the benefits of a dedicated loneliness service
Worcestershire County Council commissions a specialist loneliness service. People referred in are assigned case workers who support them to access local activities as well as helping to build up their confidence. More than 900 people have been helped over the last 18 months.
London Borough of Waltham Forest: using social prescribing to combat loneliness
The London Borough of Waltham Forest set up a social prescribing service five years ago. The team works with primary care in the NHS and community groups across the area to link people in with activities and support. Loneliness is one of the most common reasons for a referral. But thanks to the support being provided residents are being helped to learn new skills and take part in a variety of activities, reducing isolation in the process.
Stockport: helping the digitally excluded
An alliance bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors has been supported by Stockport Council to help tackle digital exclusion. Local residents have been trained to become “digital champions” and a dedicated helpline and a device lending library set up. Since the programme started in 2018 thousands of residents have been helped improve their digital skills, reduce the risk of isolation in the process.
October 2021: Why menopause education is good for business and not just for women of a certain age
It’s estimated less than five per cent of organisations are talking about menopause, yet all reproducing women will go through it. See the problem here?
Place-based collaboration for culture and heritage: North region, 13 October 2021
Presentations for this event are available here.
Health in coastal communities, 12 October 2021
LGA responds to Skills for Care’s state of adult social care and workforce report
“This latest report confirms what has been a worrying trend for some years, of persistently high staff turnover and vacancy rates in social care, adding further pressures onto already overstretched services."
Housing waiting lists could double next year with one in 10 stuck in queue for more than 5 years – new research
The LGA is calling on the Chancellor to use this month’s Spending Review to give councils the powers and funding to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, which would not only achieve a third of the Government’s annual housing target but improve the public finances over 30 years by £24.5 billion.
Building post-pandemic prosperity
The economic and fiscal case for constructing 100,000 new council homes each year.
Taking action on race equality at work, 12 October 2021
School teachers’ pay 2021/22
The Department for Education (DfE) has now published the 2021 School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).
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