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Local Government White Paper

There has never been a more difficult time for local government. Rising demand and costs have meant the toughest of choices, with less to spend on the services that communities value. Yet the sector continues to show great resilience and continues to innovate.

Local Government State of the Sector AI

State of the sector: artificial intelligence

In February 2024, the Local Government Association (LGA) launched a survey to explore the landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) deployment within local authorities. The insights gathered will inform the LGA's ongoing engagement, research, and advocacy efforts, ultimately enabling us to better support local authorities in the safe deployment of AI.

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Local Government White Paper: Summary

Local government is the key to solving some of our biggest national challenges. With the General Election in July, now must be a time for change and new hope.

Debate Not Hate: ending abuse in public life for councillors toolkit

Ending abuse in public life council self-assessment toolkit

This toolkit is a resource designed to aid local councils in tackling and mitigating the impact and risks of abuse and intimidation that councillors may encounter as part of their role, supporting them to be safe.

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Partners in Care and Health and Adult PSW Network

A practical resource to help principal social workers prepare for Care Quality Commission assessment

The resource has been developed in response to conversations with, and feedback from principal social workers (PSWs), chairs of national and regional PSW networks and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services regional leads. It has also been informed by learning from the pilot sites, and tools and techniques from the worlds of coaching and learning and development.

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Care Act 2014: 10 years on – survey of lead members

In March and April 2024, the LGA sent an online survey to lead members for adult social care at English single-tier and county councils, to gather their insights on the impact of the 2014 Care Act a decade after receiving royal assent.

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A short guide to publicity during the pre-election period

This guide provides advice and guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period.

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Navigating financial uncertainty and building resilience: Guiding principles

The local government sector has been grappling with sustained financial pressures since 2010, encountering a myriad challenges that complicate the task of budgeting and planning for the medium-term. This guide focuses on helping local authorities’ finance functions to plan and manage in these challenging times.

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Improvement and assurance framework for local government

Each council must take appropriate measures to gain assurance both of the performance of its services and of its corporate governance. This framework is designed to support local authorities to understand the various components of assurance and accountability in local government, and to access guidance and support to increase the effectiveness of assurance activities in the sector.

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Make It Local

In 2024 we will have a General Election. This is a moment of opportunity.

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