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Queen’s Speech: councils respond
Queen's Speech (May 2021): On-the-Day Briefing
MPs support greater powers and funding for councils ahead of Queen's Speech
LGA: Councils respond to the Queen’s Speech
“Councils know their local areas best and stand ready to help lead efforts to ensure the new legislative agenda set out in today’s Queen’s Speech."
This briefing details the new Bills of relevance to local government in the Queen's Speech and outlines our local government priorities.
LGA responds to Skills and Post-16 Education Bill in Queen’s Speech
“It is clear that many people will need to reskill for new jobs after the pandemic and it is good that the Queen’s Speech has included plans to attempt to address this."
LGA responds to Health and Care Bill announcement in the Queen’s Speech
There should be local flexibility, with health and local government leaders working as equal partners, to establish the ICS Health and Care Partnership in a way that works for each area and builds on existing effective partnerships.
LGA responds to Queen’s Speech Planning Bill
“Councils want to work with government to reform and strengthen our planning system, ensuring it is locally-led, and that communities are able to shape their local areas, have their say on new developments in their neighbourhoods, and see they are supported by the right infrastructure. "
LGA responds to Building Safety Bill in Queen’s Speech
"This Bill cannot come soon enough to reform our broken building safety system and enshrine tough new legislation into law."
Longer term guidance for political leaders
Once the new political arrangements are consolidated, there are a few final tips to consider as you settle into your new role.
Improving young people’s mental health - what does a whole household approach look like?
The LGA commissioned the Centre for Mental Health to develop some case studies on ‘whole household’ approaches to young people’s mental health.
Cheshire West and Chester: the Youth Federation’s Holistic Mental Health Support service
Youth Fed’s mental health programme intends to provide an alternative to crisis or secondary mental health support. The programme aims to ensure that young people can find help easily at an early point of need.
A Partnership full of potential
A think piece on young people’s mental health from Cassandra Harrison, Chief Executive Youth Access.
Building community partnerships to achieve a shared vision on nature and land-use
With continuing UK population growth and increasing land pressures for food production, infrastructure and development, how can land be managed sustainably whilst still meeting demand, and help restore biodiversity.
Leadership Academy impact survey 2019-2020
Leadership Academic impact survey results show it improved the ability of most councillors to carry out their role.
Leadership Essentials impact survey 2019-20
Findings from an impact survey sent to delegates of the 2019/20 Leadership Essentials programme.
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