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Look out for vulnerable as temperatures drop, councils urge
Huge spending on children’s and adult social care not enough to support everyone, councils warn
Four priorities for the adult social care white paper
Pass the planet: Showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals, 9 November 2021
The LGA webinar, 'showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals', was organised as part of the LGA’s green webinar series.
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, November 2021
It is vital that new burdens funding is provided to councils to support the proactive work necessary to ensure compliance with the legislation. This will enable councils to ensure compliance through supporting freeholders to understand and comply with the new requirements, with financial penalties being used as a matter of last resort.
People are being urged by councils to check in on vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure they are safe with parts of the country set to experience low temperatures.
LGA responds to NAO report into effectiveness of Government’s Kickstart Scheme
“To ensure employment and skills programmes are as effective as they can be in future, councils and combined authorities should be placed at the heart of delivering a coherent and local offer building on their proven track record of delivering similar services and support.”
LGA responds to latest adult substance misuse treatment statistics
"As these figures show, more needs to be done to meet increasing demand and a huge amount of unmet need, with more than half a million adults estimated to have alcohol dependency, while a high proportion of those receiving treatment are living in the most deprived areas."
National Children and Adult Services Virtual Conference 2021, 24-26 November 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
Pedicabs (London) Bill: Second Reading House of Commons, 19 November 2021
Currently, pedicabs are exempt from the regulations which cover taxis and private hire vehicles. They do not need a licence to operate, are able to set their own prices and are not subject to checks on the safety and ability of their drivers, or the road worthiness of their vehicles
Councils will be at the forefront of efforts to reach green targets
Written by LGA Chairman James Jamieson, this article was published in The Times on 12 November 2021 and is re-published here with permission.
Supplier payments over £500 | October 2021
Supplier payments over £500 | October 2021
LGA responds to latest NCMP statistics on overweight and obese children
"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, made all the more difficult by the impact of the pandemic on children’s activities and lifestyles."
LGA responds to booster vaccines for those aged 40-49 and second doses for 16 to 17 year olds
"This vaccine rollout extension will help bear down on transmission and case rates, which are still worryingly high in parts of the country, despite recent trends."
Winchester City Council: Community and parish climate engagement
Winchester City Council has been working with Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to support the development of climate action hubs across the Winchester district.
South Cambridgeshire District Council Zero Carbon Strategy
South Cambridgeshire District Council set out a wide-ranging zero carbon strategy, outlining the many ways in which it is encouraging, supporting and influencing action on climate change in the district.
Lambeth's future fit schools
To get their estate to net zero by 2030 and prepare the borough for the impact of the climate crisis, Lambeth council have created a ‘future fit’ package for schools. This package consists of several projects, which reduce the schools’ carbon footprints, prepare them to be climate resilient, and protect school children from air pollution.
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