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Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year
£875m investment needed in public sports and leisure facilities to tackle health inequalities
Spending Review 2021: The LGA view
LGA responds to Home Care Association report on social care pay
“Our own estimates show £1.5 billion is needed now to stabilise the care provider market and then £1.1 billion per year over the next three years, to meet extra costs from rising demand for social care while maintaining current levels of quality and access."
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."
LGA responds to Environmental Audit Committee report on green jobs
"Green skills need to be front and centre of our recovery from the pandemic, helping to level up our communities, build local government capacity and increase social mobility."
LGA: £875m investment needed in public sports and leisure facilities to tackle health inequalities
Long term investment in public sport and leisure facilities is key to supporting efforts to tackle health inequalities exposed by the pandemic, councils say today.
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."
South Tyneside Council: Viking Energy Network Jarrow
South Tyneside Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019, making a pledge to take all necessary steps to make South Tyneside Council carbon neutral by 2030. The strategy captures the innovative approaches being developed to help to combat climate change, by developing a range of renewable energy schemes, minimising reliance on fossil fuels.
Civility in public life
Find out more about the model code of conduct for councillors and other work under the LGA's Civility in public life programme.
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.
Place-based collaboration for culture and heritage: London and South regions, 18 October 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
Worcestershire: the benefits of a dedicated loneliness service
Worcestershire County Council commissions a specialist loneliness service. People referred in are assigned case workers who support them to access local activities as well as helping to build up their confidence. More than 900 people have been helped over the last 18 months.
London Borough of Waltham Forest: using social prescribing to combat loneliness
The London Borough of Waltham Forest set up a social prescribing service five years ago. The team works with primary care in the NHS and community groups across the area to link people in with activities and support. Loneliness is one of the most common reasons for a referral. But thanks to the support being provided residents are being helped to learn new skills and take part in a variety of activities, reducing isolation in the process.
Stockport: helping the digitally excluded
An alliance bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors has been supported by Stockport Council to help tackle digital exclusion. Local residents have been trained to become “digital champions” and a dedicated helpline and a device lending library set up. Since the programme started in 2018 thousands of residents have been helped improve their digital skills, reduce the risk of isolation in the process.
Reigate and Banstead: community workers helping people of all ages
Reigate and Banstead’s community development workers are a key part of the borough council’s work to tackle social isolation. They are embedded in the community and work with people of all ages, helping establish volunteer networks for older people, intergenerational art and craft groups and activities for teenagers and young people.
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