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LGA Annual Conference 2020 - virtual edition
LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on lost generation of teenagers
"Councils share the Commissioner’s concerns about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on vulnerable teenagers."
Coronavirus: LGA responds to CfBT report on COVID-19 recovery
“We share this report’s ambition to see improvements to our transport system and a green recovery."
Estimates Day, Department for Education: Closing the disadvantage gap and support for left behind children, House of Commons, 7 July 2020
Councils are concerned about additional vulnerabilities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes more families living in poverty; mental health issues amongst both children and parents; increasing domestic abuse; and increasing substance misuse issues. In particular, councils are concerned that falling referrals to children’s social care following the partial closure of schools means that children are experiencing ‘hidden harm’.
LGA responds to Government's arts funding announcement
“It is great that the Government has recognised the importance of culture to the social fabric of our nation by announcing this funding which will be a lifeline to many theatres, galleries and museums which have been severely impacted by coronavirus."
Fire Diversity and Inclusion Champions Network
The LGA’s Fire Diversity and Inclusion Champions Network is designed to bring together elected representatives who are responsible for diversity and inclusion issues on their fire and rescue authorities to develop skills to challenge their services to improve in this area.
Terms of reference of the LGA Fire Diversity and Inclusion Champion Network (the “Network”)
Vision for the service
To create a fully inclusive and diverse fire and rescue service where the workforce reflects the community it serves, where
LGA responds to the Government’s return to school plan
"Councils want all children to return to school to continue with their education and we also want to work with the Government, education leaders and schools to make sure the national effort is a success."
Case study: Herefordshire Council - planning for recovery
We had just stepped out of emergency response mode when COVID-19 hit. As the flooding subsided and COVID-19 spread, Herefordshire Council took an early decision to relocate all staff out of its offices.
LGA responds to COVID-19 council funding package
“The further £500 million extra funding to help councils meet extra COVID-19 costs pressures is helpful but, in the context of the funding gap councils still face, substantial additional funding will be needed and we await further details on how this money will be distributed."
Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP | 2 July 2020
Hear from Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, LGA Conservative Group and LGA Vice-Chairman.
LGA responds to BPPA statement on reopening of pubs
“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with."
LGA responds to Which? report on support for vulnerable people to access food
"We urge anybody who is struggling with access to food, whether they are part of the shielded cohort or vulnerable for other reasons, to contact their local council who will be able to help put in place arrangements to support them."
LGA responds to launch of second phase of independent review into drugs misuse
"Working with government alongside local NHS, community groups and other partners, councils want to ensure everyone gets the support they need wherever possible."
Spotlight on Learning Through Crisis webinar, 30 June 2020
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