Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – LGA Initial View, May 2022
This briefing outlines key headlines from the review and the initial LGA view on these; the LGA will work closely with its members over the coming months to expand on these views, and work with members and the Government on the implementation of recommendations to improve children’s social care and ultimately, the experiences and outcomes of children, young people and their families.
Hackney Borough Council: An inclusive approach to employment
An inclusive approach is integral to employment support within Hackney Borough Council. The design of programmes and opportunities are focused on engaging and supporting hard-to-reach groups in the area, including care leavers, young people with disabilities and young black males.
Durham County Council: Sessional Employment Programme
Durham County Council delivers a cross-county programme called DurhamWorks which supports unemployed 16-24 year olds to progress into employment, education or training (EET). To date, DurhamWorks has supported 8750 young people with 78 per cent progressing into EET or gaining a qualification. This provides the framework within which the Sessional Employment Programme (SEP) sits.
LGA responds to National Audit Office report: Regulating after EU Exit
"The NAO’s report mirrors warnings the LGA has made during the pandemic and since about the lack of professional capacity to draw on in key professions such as environmental health and trading standards. "
Online sales tax: Assessing an option to help rebalance taxation of the retail sector
The LGA supports the introduction of an online sales tax, particularly as it would help to spread the range of the taxbase for business taxes. However; this should not be at the expense of business rates income.
LGA responds to Sustrans report on pavement parking
“Pavement parking and damaged pavements is one of the biggest complaints from pedestrians – and not just in London. Similarly, repairing kerbs and pavements damaged by pavement parking is expensive and this funding could be better used to repair potholes, support local buses and provide more suitable parking."
Cost of living: Record vacancies masks jobs disparity reality across the country
“The Government’s ‘one size fits all’ national approach to employment and skills is no longer fit for purpose. Councils and combined authorities – who know their communities best – want to be front and centre in ensuring everyone has the chance to learn new skills and find work, in good jobs needed by local businesses, in the places where they live.”