LGA Climate Change Programme – decarbonising transport action learning sets: Session three
In August 2022, the Local Government Association commissioned a programme of Action Learning Sets (ALS) that will bring together local authority councillors and officers to address challenges they currently face relating to decarbonising transport. The blog summarises the outcome of the third session.
Advanced and Predictive Analytics Network in Local Government (APAN)
APAN is a network of local government data analysts and other invited experts set up to discuss, share and consider the opportunities, benefits and risks of using advanced analysis and predictive analytics in local government settings.
The Office for National Statistics' Data Science Campus works at the frontier of data science and AI – building skills and applying tools, methods and practices – to create new understanding and improve decision-making for public good.
Online Safety Bill, Remaining Stages, House of Commons, 5 December 2022
Whilst the Bill provides a definition of harm and sets out how harmful content will be prioritised for child and adult users; it remains unclear what types of harm platforms will need to protect users against. We urge the Government to set out their proposed categories of harmful content to children and adults as soon as possible and consult with independent experts to define and prioritise harmful content.
Southend: Supporting the health needs of female street-based sex workers
A drop-in clinic has been established for street-based sex workers in Southend, providing them with access to mental health and sexual health workers and a nurse prescriber. It is part of a wider strategy that has been developed to provide better support to this community of women.
Manchester: Developing a bespoke weight management offer for south Asian women
The Manchester Healthy Weight Strategy identifies Black and Asian residents as being a cohort particularly at risk of obesity. So, after noticing low uptake of weight management support among South Asian women, Manchester City Council has helped to fund a programme specifically targeting them.
Public Audit Forum consultation on Practice Note 10 2022: LGA response
The practice note includes a lot of technical detail that is primarily written for auditors and we have not previously commented on its content, or on recent consultations on changes to it. The reason we feel the need to comment this time is not because we have concerns over the approach taken by the Public Audit Forum to date, but because local audit is currently in crisis, and we would welcome any action that can be taken to help provide solutions that can alleviate the effects of the crisis.
Liverpool: Setting up a network of women's health hubs
Liverpool City Council has worked with the local NHS to set up a network of women’s health hubs in GP surgeries. The hubs offer both NHS and council-commissioned services from cervical screening to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).
Lancashire: Creating a menopause-friendly workplace
Lancashire County Council has taken a range of steps to improve the way it supports menopause in the workplace. Workshops, peer support groups and an online chat channel have been provided, creating a much more friendly and supportive environment for staff going through the transition.
Bradford: Making a difference with a dedicated women's health network
The Women’s Health Network in Bradford has been at the forefront of tackling the health inequalities women face for the past five years. It holds regular meetings, hosts talks, events, focus groups and workshops to influence service design and engage women from all communities.
Women’s Health: How councils are making a difference
Local government is working to ensure women’s health is a priority in all they do. The case studies show the breadth of the work going on, from creating menopause-friendly environments to improving access to reproductive and sexual health services.