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Creating Sustainable Manufacturing in Telford & Wrekin

Telford & Wrekin Council are keen to support their manufacturing businesses to become greener. To build growth and prosperity for the long term, the Telford business community needs to be able to access tools and support to enable them to reduce their carbon footprint, localise their supply chains and decarbonise their infrastructure network. By operating sustainably, the Telford & Wrekin manufacturing sector can build resilience to recent variables such as the UK’s net zero ambition and the global desire for sustainable manufacturing. A recommended solution to build resilience is to develop resource efficiency clusters (RECs) in the area.

Enhancing green opportunities for SMEs in North Somerset

North Somerset Council (NSC) are undertaking the development of a roadmap and action plan focusing on measures to support local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon emissions. As part of the LGA’s Economic Growth Advisers programme, Eunomia Research and Consulting were commissioned to produce a report to assess the carbon emissions by sector as well as the challenges faced by sectors with the highest emissions in achieving net zero. The report would also make recommendations on support programmes that the council can develop to support SMEs reduce their emissions.

Leeds city council: Inclusion vaccination

At the beginning of the Covid 19 vaccination programme, the emphasis was on vaccinating people most at risk from the virus, as well as frontline workers who were working directly with them. This was mainly older people, but also included clinically extremely vulnerable people too.

Gloucestershire County Council: Improving councillor personal safety through training and development

In response to recent high-profile violence and aggression incidents towards publicly elected officials, Gloucestershire County Council reviewed and redesigned the personal safety approach, training and development offered to local councillors.

Eastleigh Borough Council: Independent network supporting councillor safety

This case study demonstrates how a team of independent councillors replicated the support offered by more traditional party structures to create a safer environment for local independent councillors.

Cardiff Council: Councillor safety - lone working devices

Cardiff Council reviewed the relevant safety arrangements and implemented a new system to improve support to councillors during their council business.

Leeds City Council: Councillor Safety Champions

At Leeds City Council, the Deputy Leader has taken on the role of 'Councillor Safety Champion' to ensure that councillor safety remains at the top of the agenda.

Leeds City Council: Venue risk assessments to support councillor safety

It is important that councillors feel equipped to manage occasionally aggressive encounters with residents, including taking preventative steps to limit the risk of serious consequences. Leeds City Council helped councillors risk assess venues to ensure that they were safe and find appropriate alternatives if necessary.

Little Troopers: cross-agency partnership to support young, vulnerable families in Swindon

Little Troopers is a cross-agency partnership between Swindon Libraries and Information Service, Family Nurse Partnership, Housing, and Care Leavers teams to support young, vulnerable families. The open, drop-in group is for parents up to 25 years, with the average age around 20, and their children up to age three.