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A councillor’s workbook on influencing skills

This workbook has been designed as a distance learning aid for local councillors. It is intended to assist councillors to gain and develop key skills which will help you to be most effective in your role.

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Police Staff Council - Earnings survey 2023

The survey was sent to police forces in England and Wales in order to inform on-going national negotiations by providing accurate and up to date information about the composition of the workforce and provide a means for costing claims, offers and their consequences.

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Early education and childcare resource pack

Early education and childcare resource pack

A child’s earliest years are their foundation; if we give them a great start, they have a much better chance of fulfilling their potential as they grow up. This resource pack looks at the responsibilities and role of councils when it comes to education and childcare, outlines funding entitlements and legislation all of which are incredibly important when it comes to supporting our youngest residents.

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The path to inclusive footways

The design and maintenance of footways, affects how useable they are for different people. This independent report by Sustrans and Transport for All, commissioned by the LGA, details the barriers faced by people accessing the footway, the challenges facing local authorities when making footways accessible.

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A councillor’s workbook on community leadership

This workbook has been designed as a distance learning aid for local councillors. It is intended to provide councillors with insight and assistance into the key skills that will help them to be effective in their role.

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A councillor’s workbook on effective opposition in local government

This workbook has been designed as a distance learning aid for local councillors. It is intended to provide councillors with insight and assistance with the key skills which will help you to be most effective in your role.

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Household Support Fund survey report

In January 2024, the Local Government Association (LGA) conducted a survey of single-tier and county councils to identify the impact that is likely to result from the Government’s plan not to extend the Household Support Fund beyond March 2024. A total of 93 responses were received from individual local authorities, resulting in a final response rate of 61 per cent.

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Councils taking charge: a comprehensive approach to supporting a smokefree future

Councils taking charge: A comprehensive approach to supporting a smokefree generation

These case studies describe the efforts of local councils working towards a smokefree future for their communities.

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Evidence-led approaches to tackling rough sleeping in rural communities – local authority practice guide in bold green writing

Evidence-led approaches to tackling rough sleeping in rural communities: Local authority practice guide

The Rural Homelessness Counts coalition, co-ordinated by English Rural Housing Association, the Local Government Association and the Centre for Homelessness Impact worked to establish a working group of local authority housing leads to identify emerging practice and develop new data-led solutions to rural rough sleeping.

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A councillor's workbook on handling complaints for service improvement

Part of your role as a councillor is to support your residents by directing them to appropriate resources and channels for complaints, and to provide representation where appropriate.

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Make It Local

To deliver priorities for the public the Government needs to #MakeItLocal

Make It Local

By the start of 2025, we will have had a general election. This is a moment of opportunity.

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