NAG/SOPO newsletter/Covid-19 Supply Chain bulletin

Welcome to the NAG and SOPO newsletter for 3 December 2021. Feel free to circulate to your colleagues.


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COVID-19 stories


Workforce fund reopened

The Department for Education (DfE) has re-opened the Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund for schools to provide financial support to eligible schools and colleges for absence costs incurred from Monday 22 November until the end of the autumn term. The fund is available to support schools and colleges facing the greatest staffing and funding pressures to continue to deliver face-to-face education to all pupils.

DLUHC COVID-19 financial returns

The Department for Levelling up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has recently published summary data from the monthly COVID-19 financial impact monitoring survey collected at the end of September (round 16). The published data summarises local authority additional expenditure and lost income due to COVID-19 both nationwide and by type of authority.


Non-COVID stories


National Construction Conference to be held online in 2022

We are pleased to announce that our National Construction Conference will go ahead in 2022 as a virtual conference on the mornings of Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 February. Please see details below, listed under 'Webinars'.

Alleviating winter workforce pressures in adult social care

Provider organisations, ADASS (the Association of Directors of Adult
Social Services in England) and the LGA, have compiled a list which providers say could help alleviate workforce capacity pressures this winter. The list is for consideration by directors of adult social care, and providers, as they work together on local solutions and maximising the benefit of the Workforce Recruitment and Retention fund. The list also includes some of the key policy asks of Government in managing and mitigating these pressures.

Consultation on Business Rates Review

DLUHC has launched a technical consultation which sets out how the Government intends to give effect to a number of measures arising from its recent Business Rates Review. The consultation covers measures to enable more frequent revaluations; improvement relief; support for investment in green plant and machinery and other administrative changes. The consultation closes on 22 February 2022. You can respond online or email your submission to ndr@communities.gov.uk


Webinars


Beyond 2021 – the future of local COVID-19 outbreak management | Tuesday 7 December, 1–2.30pm

As we approach a challenging winter and with the new UKHSA fully operational, the LGA is hosting a webinar which will explore the current COVID-19 response, what to expect in the spring and planning for living with COVID in the long term. We will discuss the latest epidemiology, what the data is telling us and the future vision for Local Outbreak Management.

Digitech21 technology and procurement summit for the public sector | Thursday 9 December

During this round table discussion, Crown Commercial Service wants to hear your news (good and bad) – to talk about the current challenges you face, how you feel about your role as public sector buyers in the future, and the direction of the procurement landscape. Good practice, issues and challenges being faced, networks being formed, and hot topics for the future, will inform the agenda and shape the ‘digital buying community of practice’ in the year ahead.

Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally (FFCL) Conference | Tuesday 14 December

Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally (FFCL) is the English strategy on countering fraud in local government. It was developed with the involvement of more than 200 councils and is supported by a range of partners including the LGA and Solace. The 2020 launch event had to be cancelled but the strategy will now be discussed at an in-person conference in London which will provide an opportunity to hear about good counter-fraud practice during the pandemic and to congratulate those who won FFCL Awards in 2020. To find out more about this event, and to book your place, please email the FFCL secretariat on FFCL@cifas.org.uk

'Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have better lives' framework webinar | Wednesday 26 January 2022

This free introductory webinar will tell you more about the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services' (ADASS) and LGA's 'Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have better lives' framework. The session is designed for council staff working with people with a learning disability, Directors of Adult Social Services (DASS), health staff, and others with an interest in services for people with a learning disability.

LGA National Construction Conference 2022 | Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 February 2022

We are pleased to announce details of our annual National Construction Conference which will again be a virtual conference and will be held across two mornings at the start of February:

  • Day 1 will include sessions on modern slavery in construction, progress of the Building Safety Bill and its implications, as well as the issues facing an industry recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Day 2 will focus on how climate change is having an impact on the construction industry. There will be sessions looking at how the industry is coming together to tackle issues such as the reduction of carbon emissions and how as clients of the industry, councils can make decisions to change behaviours and thereby help meet net zero national and local targets. Booking details can be found in our webinar section.

Resources


The LGA Procurement team manages several LGA webpages dedicated to your needs. Please email guy.head@local.gov.uk if you would like any information added to our webpages: