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Lessons learned in communicating devolution
New housing targets 'jeopardise any ambition to level-up country
LGA responds to social care winter plan and COVID-19 taskforce report
“Free supplies of PPE is good and the right distribution needs to be in place to make sure supplies reach the frontline on time. Councils and providers should also be compensated for PPE already purchased for COVID-19 to date. These measures should be backed up by ensuring everyone in the community who needs a test can get one."
LGA: more than two million homes without a working smoke alarm
Autumn poses a potentially greater fire risk as this is when people typically start to use heaters and open fires.
Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020
The timing of these regulations presents a major issue both for councils and for employees.
Healthy and productive ageing: ensuring a good later life for us all, 17 September 2020
Download presentations from Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme, and Dr Alison Giles, Associate Director for Healthy Ageing at the Centre for Ageing Better.
Integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy: LGA response
This is a wide-ranging review covering a range of issues linked to the UK’s role and standing in the modern world. While the LGA is only responding to the review questions that directly link to the work of councils, in an interconnected and globalised world, these wider issues are also highly relevant to councils and their residents, too.
LGA responds to extra £546m infection control social care funding
“We are pleased the Government has accepted the calls from councils and care providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into the winter period and face the possibility of a potential second wave of infections."
Essex – developing a new approach and Skills Engine
The council is working closely with anchor institutions to identify the plans of large employers, mapping the asset base and developing a ‘Skills Engine’. This will support local recruitment and a drive to increase higher skilled and knowledge-intensive employment.
Bristol: Working closely with local partners to co-produce an innovative employment and skills offer in South Bristol
Through the development of a Work Local model, the council wants to improve employment, skills and workforce development opportunities. By engaging with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to understand their future workforce needs, and working with local partner agencies, the city council is building a support offer for local residents to develop job opportunities and career pathways.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Yorkshire Combined Authority
The combined authority would like to see devolution across the whole of employment and skills, in order to join up support and avoid duplication.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Midlands Combined Authority
The combined authority argues further devolution, whether of careers education or, as in Greater Manchester, of health would allow better join up and tailoring: “I think that is an absolutely critical missing piece of the skills and education devolution at the moment.”
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West of England Combined Authority
The combined authority argues that a devolved approach has made it easier to create stronger links and have more strategic conversations about how and what is delivered, based on need.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Tees Valley Combined Authority
The combined authority argue that devolving the skills revenue and capital funding in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund would better allow it to align all funding streams and produce a linear model which would offer support to people from transitions into work to progression in the labour market.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: North of Tyne Combined Authority
Managing funding locally through devolved budgets has increased scrutiny of how money is being used to meet local skills needs.
Experiences of employment and skills devolution: Liverpool City Region
The City Region argues that devolution has allowed it to move away from policy silos and address interconnected problems in a far more joined up way, for example Households into Work having an impact on social housing strategy.
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