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Green bold text reads A guide on the role and future skills needs of economic development teams

A guide on the role and future skills needs of economic development teams

We commissioned Shared intelligence (Si) to produce this guide explaining what local economic development (ED) services do for the communities they serve, why they are important, the challenges they face, and the skills and knowledge they will need in the coming years.

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Supporting community ownership of leisure and sports assets

This guide considers the powerful benefits of community-owned leisure and sport assets offers to communities and councils. The national policy direction has been set. But what does this mean for communities and councils and how can the benefits be maximised for all?

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Research on the nature, impact and drivers of nursery closures in England

The Local Government Association commissioned Isos Partnership in November 2022 to undertake a short research project. The aim has been to better understand the trends, impacts and drivers of recent private and voluntary sector nursery closures, and consider the local and national implications.

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Virtual Council Meeting Survey – 2023

Research Report, May – June 2023: Research Report, May – June 2023: This survey aimed to capture data on the current appetite for virtual meeting options at statutory council meetings and understand the positive and negative effects of returning to in person only council meetings in England.

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Annual Report 2023: Liberal Democrat Group, Local Government Association

The 2023 annual report details the work of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group over the past year.

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Make It Local

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

Ending abuse in public life for councillors

Debate Not Hate: Ending abuse in public life for councillors

Our new publication outlines how councils can better support councillors to prevent and handle abuse and includes principles for councils to consider, top tips and good practice case studies.

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LGA corporate and finance peer challenge: Annual report 2022/2023

Corporate Peer Challenge (CPC) and Finance Peer Challenge (FPC) continue to be highly effective tools at the heart of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) sector support programme. The sector remains committed to them and this is demonstrated by the levels of take-up of the offer.

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Children and young people’s mental health: An independent review into policy success and challenges over the last decade. The LGA logo appears in the top right corner.

Children and young people’s mental health: An independent review into policy success and challenges over the last decade

This report by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition considers the policy landscape in England in relation to children and young people’s mental health over the last decade, and reviews progress relating to implementation and impact. The report is informed by a rapid review of policy which was carried out between January and March 2023. These findings reflect the view of the Coalition, not the LGA. 

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Health and Wellbeing Hubs: delivering local services under one roof

Health and Wellbeing Hubs: Delivering local services under one roof

These case studies highlight the varied ways councils are working in partnership with the NHS and other local partners to introduce Health and Wellbeing Hubs.

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Make It Local

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