LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis
Local authorities’ public health grant has seen a reduction of £1 billion since 2015/16, adversely affecting councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system, including smoking cessation and tobacco control.
Schools Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 23 May 2022
The LGA supports the focus on ensuring all children get the right support at the right time, particularly in the context of the impact of the pandemic and the widening attainment gap. The amount of funding made available to support education catch-up must be kept under review to ensure every child has the support they need to learn, and to support their broader development and wellbeing.
Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children drives cost of care up by a quarter – new LGA analysis
Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children at risk of harm has seen spending to provide support increase by almost a quarter in five years, with an upcoming national care review a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to set out long-awaited reform, councils are warning today.
At the beginning of the Covid 19 vaccination programme, the emphasis was on vaccinating people most at risk from the virus, as well as frontline workers who were working directly with them. This was mainly older people, but also included clinically extremely vulnerable people too. We were also concerned about communities of interest who were at risk because of social issues and were less likely to access mainstream services.
Enhancing green opportunities for SMEs in North Somerset
North Somerset Council (NSC) are undertaking the development of a roadmap and action plan focusing on measures to support local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon emissions. As part of the LGA’s Economic Growth Advisers programme, Eunomia Research and Consulting were commissioned to produce a report to assess the carbon emissions by sector as well as the challenges faced by sectors with the highest emissions in achieving net zero. The report would also make recommendations on support programmes that the council can develop to support SMEs reduce their emissions.
Partnerships in Place: The Business of Levelling Up
This report provides practical recommendations to business, local government and national government on the role that business can play in delivering the ‘how’ of the Levelling Up White Paper, as well as the foundations that are needed, both nationally and locally, to truly transform communities.
Work Local: Councils’ role in the employment and skills landscape in the UK
In England, the current skills and employment system consists of at least 49 national employment and skills related schemes or services managed by nine Whitehall departments. No single organisation is responsible for coordinating this activity locally. However, with adequate resources local government can deliver. Our local government partners across the UK are already on a path to achieving this.
"It is good the Government has acted on our call for councils to be allowed to establish their own multi-academy trusts. This recognises the important role of councils as education partners and enables maintained schools to continue enjoying a close working relationship with their council."
LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill
“Turning levelling up from a political slogan to a reality will only be achieved if councils have the powers and funding they need to address regional inequality, tackle concentrations of deprivation and make towns and communities across England attractive places to live, work and visit."
LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Renters Reform Bill/Social Housing Regulation Bill
“We are pleased that the Government has committed to introducing legislation through the Renters Reform Bill to strengthen protections for private renters and abolish ‘no-fault evictions’. This is something the LGA and councils have been calling for the Government to introduce since it was included in its 2019 manifesto."