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LGA statement: Sir David Amess MP
Delivering local net zero
Make school-based counselling available to all children
House of Commons debate, UK’s Climate Progress: The Committee on Climate Change’s 2021 Progress Report, 21 October 2021
Councils are a unique and powerful leadership and delivery partner in achieving Net Zero and adapting to climate change. Local government has the powers and influence over a third of emissions in their areas – through buildings, transport, waste, energy, the natural environment and more – and only councils can mobilise collective action to deliver in places. We particularly support the recognition given to local government’s continued role in combatting climate change.
LGA responds to Health Foundation report on impact of pandemic on shielding population
"Protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities has been councils’ number one priority throughout the pandemic."
LGA and Health Foundation: Major health factors to be explored by councils in pioneering programme
Transforming our communities to become better places to be born, grow, live and age are at the heart of a major new programme launched and led by councils
LGA responds to government’s Net Zero Strategy
"As leaders of local communities, only councils can mobilise and join up the collective action to achieve net zero in our villages, towns, and cities, and are able to impact on more than a third of local emissions through housing, transport and the natural environment."
Finance peer challenge: Dorset Council
Dorset Council has completed a finance peer challenge with the LGA. The challenge has sought to understand the council’s current position and its approach to financial management, set within the five core themes of the finance peer challenge.
Loneliness case studies
Councils are at the forefront of tackling loneliness and isolation. We have collated different best practice examples including how a library service is keeping people connected and innovative programmes developed to address digital exclusion.
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
How councils could go further and faster
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the sad death of Sir David Amess MP.
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.
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.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives - a glossary of terms
This glossary includes resources and definitions of wider determinants of health, complex systems and systems thinking approaches.
LGA: Make school-based counselling available to all children to tackle rising child mental health issues
School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.
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Local government is already the most efficient, transparent and trusted part of the public sector. In this time of austerity, we will also need to be even more ambitious when it comes to reshaping services in the future.