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Councils respond to 2021 Spending Review and Autumn Budget
Council and health leaders call for immediate social care funding
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on public health funding
“It is essential that councils have the capacity, workforce and funding to stand up locally-driven testing and contact tracing as soon as possible, to be able to respond swiftly to any future outbreaks or public health emergency.”
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement on adult social care funding
“We remain concerned that the money allocated to social care from the Health and Care Levy will not be enough to fund the Government’s previously announced reforms."
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to Universal Credit taper rate change
“The adjustment of the taper rate of Universal Credit and the increase in the work allowance announced today is an important part of supporting recovery from the pandemic, which should help to mitigate some but not all of the impact of the ending of the Universal Credit uplift."
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to £9 million funding for 100 new urban ‘pocket parks’ across the UK
"The LGA has long made the case for the importance of green and outdoor spaces for people’s health and wellbeing. This funding is a positive step and will enable more local authorities to create spaces to enable communities to build activity in their daily lives."
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement of funding for the UK's culture, tourism and sport sectors
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board responds to the Government’s announcement in the Spending Review of funding for the UK’s culture, tourism and sport sectors.
Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to Multiply Fund announcement
"Councils and combined authorities know their communities best and are uniquely placed to bring together partners to help deliver this funding including through adult and community learning centres."
Middlesbrough: making it easier for people to access services and activities
A Big Lottery funded programme aimed at tackling social isolation has been running in Middlesbrough for the past seven years. It has helped to fund a range of different activities across the borough for the over 50s. To help people access these activities, extra support has been put in place to make it easier for people to get out-and-about by working with public transport providers and businesses to create an age-friendly environment.
Leeds City Council: using neighbourhood networks to connect communities
Leeds City Council has commissioned its 37 neighbourhood networks to help tackle social isolation and loneliness. They provide a range of support, which continued throughout the pandemic, helping hundreds of vulnerable and frail older people stay connected.
Calderdale: making the most of the local community
Calderdale Council has set up a programme to tackle loneliness that is based in local communities – there are separate locality teams. Workers are employed to support local activities and groups and connect people referred into the programme with opportunities that suit them. One of the major strengths of the programme is that it is driven by local people who know their communities the best.
Working in partnership: How councils can work with the voluntary and community sector to increase civic participation?
Local democracy is strongest when there are high levels of civic representation, where citizens voices are heard and taken into account in local decision-making. However, not all individuals in society feel they can participate equally in the civic arena. This research focuses on how councils can work with their local voluntary and community sector to improve civic participation of underrepresented groups.
Living with COVID-19 and preparing for the challenges of winter, Tuesday 19 October 2021
Living with COVID-19 and preparing for the challenges of winter Emer Forrest, COVID-19 Communications Manager, London Borough of Haringey Council
Delivering local net zero
How councils could go further and faster
LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the sad death of Sir David Amess MP.
House of Commons debate, COP26 and limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees, 21 October 2021
Local government plays a leading role in achieving net zero carbon, and therefore halting temperature rises. Almost two thirds of councils in England are aiming to be carbon neutral 20 years before the national target and 91 per cent of local authorities have adopted at least one net zero commitment, according to the National Audit Office.
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