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Council and health leaders call for immediate social care funding
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year
NHS backlog could take even longer to clear without immediate social care funding, warn council and health leaders
The Local Government Association and NHS Confederation are joining forces to call on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to provide genuinely new money for social care so that it also benefits from funding to tackle immediate pressures.
LGA responds to PAC report on test and trace
“Coronavirus will be with us for many months and years ahead and councils want to play their full part in helping to design a test and trace strategy for the medium and long-term which keeps our communities safe."
LGA responds to local authority Investment in museums report
“Councils need a fair and sustainable funding settlement in the upcoming Spending Review to ensure they can continue to fund these essential community services and deliver against the Government’s plans for Levelling Up.”
Spending Review 2021
This Spending Review presents an opportunity to reset public spending in a way that is fit for the future, flexible to allow for the delivery of local priorities, and empowers councils to achieve the ambition for our communities that central and local government share.
LGA: Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year
“Despite increasing their budgets for children’s services by diverting funds from other areas, councils are still overspending due to soaring demand for support which is likely to increase further as the long-term impacts of the pandemic become clearer."
Cold weather plan for England
Advice to help prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England.
LGA: Universal free garden waste collections ‘unnecessary’ and not solution to reducing landfill
"The proposals risk having an adverse impact on local roads, increasing traffic, and pumping out more carbon emissions and making air pollution worse."
LGA responds to support package for renters
“This funding should provide some much-needed reassurance to many private renters who are genuinely at risk of losing their homes because of financial difficulties."
Biodiversity e-learning for councils
The LGA has produced a new e-learning module on biodiversity aimed at council officers and members. The module will provide an introduction to the subject, as well as providing tips and guidance on how councils can take action to protect their natural habitats.
Delivering local net zero
The LGA commissioned WPI economics to produce a business case for the local delivery of low carbon infrastructure projects. It provides the strategic and economic case for why and how councils can unlock economic, social and environmental value and looks at the co-benefits that councils can bring in health, job creation and a reduction in carbon emissions.
LGA responds to CMA report on children’s social care
“The CMA has confirmed our recent findings that private equity providers are making extremely high profits and carrying concerning levels of debt that risks the stability of homes for children in care, which is paramount if they are to thrive."
Universal free garden waste collections ‘unnecessary’ and not solution to reducing landfill
“The proposals risk having an adverse impact on local roads, increasing traffic, and pumping out more carbon emissions and making air pollution worse. At the very least if the Government is to proceed, it should fully fund it in the Spending Review.”
Cyber security – 10 questions for a councillor (and any layperson) to ask
The LGA Cyber, Digital and Technology team have developed a list of 10 questions that you can use to better understand cyber security arrangements and how risk is being managed within your council.
Lambeth’s future fit schools
To lower the borough’s emissions and increase Lambeth’s resilience to climate change, Lambeth council have created a package of projects to ensure Lambeth’s schools are fit for a net zero future and able to cope with the increase in extreme weather events because of climate change.
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