Children’s social care reform: implementation strategy and consultation
Keeping children safe is one of the most important roles a council fulfils. While England remains one of the safest places in the world to grow up thanks to the tireless work of our children’s services colleagues and their partners, we agree that significant reform is needed to ensure the right systems are in place to not only protect children, but to help them and their families to thrive.
Local public health services at risk amid funding uncertainty
The LGA is calling on the Government to urgently publish the Public Health Grant funding allocations. Time is running out for councils to set budgets and spending plans and to make critical decisions on renewing contracts for vital public health services.
‘Energetic Lifestyles’: Engaging young people in the development and implementation of carbon reduction initiatives
The Energetic Lifestyles project explored young people’s perspectives, in establishing an improved understanding of the perceptions and barriers to energy efficient behaviours among young people and ethnically diverse communities.
Social rent cap could cost councils more than £3 billion in five years
“With more than one million people on council house waiting lists and the retrofitting of existing housing stock key to the country’s net zero goals, imposing a cap would have a hugely detrimental impact to those efforts.”
“The recent Independent Review of Children’s Social Care reflected our call for better support for kinship carers, and for additional funding to be made available to enable councils to move to a system in which all families and kinship carers receive the support they need, when they need it."
Buckinghamshire Council: Strong partnership links to support those most in need
As a result of the pandemic and the financial difficulties being experienced by many, the government provided local authorities with grants to distribute to those most in need. Buckinghamshire Council set up a Helping Hand service to help administer the funds, working with partners in the voluntary and community sector to reach those really struggling.
Our community engagement resources support officers and councillors to explore the range of ways they can engage local residents – and voluntary and community sector organisations – in local service delivery, decision-making and enhancing places.