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Local leaders call for long term funding certainty for councils in Spending Review
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
Civility in public life
Biodiversity e-learning for councils
The LGA has produced a new e-learning module on biodiversity aimed at council officers and members. The module will provide an introduction to the subject, as well as providing tips and guidance on how councils can take action to protect their natural habitats.
LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care
“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."
Cyber security – 10 questions for a councillor (and any layperson) to ask
The LGA Cyber, Digital and Technology team have developed a list of 10 questions that you can use to better understand cyber security arrangements and how risk is being managed within your council.
LGA responds to CQC State of Care report
“The Spending Review and forthcoming white paper must set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, involving councils, care workers and those with lived experience, if we are to build back better and develop a care and support system fit for the future.”
LGA responds to funding for adult social care workforce
“Next week’s Spending Review will need to provide sustainable funding to help councils and providers plan with confidence over a longer-term as opposed to one-off, time-limited injections of funding."
LGA responds to NHS Digital report into number of social care requests
The LGA responds to the 2020/21 adult social care finance and activity report for England, published by NHS Digital.
LGA responds to joint Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committee report on coronavirus
“Councils have been leading their communities through the pandemic and as this report makes clear, could have been given a greater role in the initial response to COVID-19."
LGA: Council tax support grant extension needed to protect low-income households struggling to pay
Latest figures show more than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year – this remains the highest number since records began in 2015.
Consultations on employment law reforms
Information on recent open and closed consultations on proposed reforms to employment law which are relevant to local authorities.
Flexible working requests consultation
LGA: Funding for almost 10 million pothole repairs this year lost from council budgets
Over 9.5 million potholes could be repaired or prevented by councils with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year – the equivalent of 64,000 repairs in every local council area.
Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Report Stage House of Lords, 12 October 2021
Throughout the pandemic, councils were trusted to lead the employment and skills recovery in their areas.
Durham County Council: Home working energy usage project
Over the past year there has been considerable media speculation as to the carbon impacts of enforced homeworking. Has working from home helped to reduce carbon emissions? The home working energy usage project sought to take advantage of the enforced homeworking that became essential for most non-frontline staff at Durham County Council and Durham University to explore the empirical truth.
South Gloucestershire Council: Co-developing a Carbon Communication Toolkit
This project aimed to provide scientific advice and support as well as building capability within South Gloucestershire Council to identify pathways to local climate targets and support the delivery of the South Gloucestershire local Climate Action Plan, which is now at its second year of delivery.
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