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LGA and Women’s Aid: ‘Look out for signs of domestic abuse this Christmas period’
People need to look out for common signs of domestic abuse this Christmas with domestic abuse-related crimes representing a higher percentage of all crimes in December than the rest of the year, the Local Government Association and Women’s Aid warn today.
House of Commons debate, The role of local councils in levelling up, 8 December 2021
The anticipated Levelling-Up White Paper presents an opportunity to reset the relationship between central and local government and put councils at the heart of delivering the Government’s ambitious programme to improve opportunities in all parts of the country.
Broxtowe Borough Council: Reinventing Beeston Town Centre
Broxtowe Borough Council has launched a new mixed-use leisure development in Beeston, Nottingham. The development features an Arc Cinema Complex with plans in place for three new food and drink retail outlets and is aimed at bolstering the visitor economy and night-time economy to encourage people to live and work in Beeston. It is hailed as a model for the post COVID-19 revival of the UK’s town centres for playing its part in “community wealth building”.
The LGA Cyber Challenge
From January to March 2022 we will be piloting this new 'challenge' to encourage councils to explore their cyber security culture – sharing fresh perspectives in a safe, friendly and constructive environment. We are seeking expressions of interest from councils, councillors and council officers to take part in the challenge as participating councils or as peers.
LGA responds to Sport England’s new implementation plan for 2022-25
This is an exciting plan that will enable the right support and funding to be directed to places that need it most, in a collaborative and targeted way. This includes opening up funding opportunities for small community organisations which often play a vital role within their communities.
Public-private partnerships for growth, 2 December 2021
Presentations for this event are available here.
Pass the planet: Showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals, 9 November 2021
The LGA webinar, 'showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals', was organised as part of the LGA’s green webinar series.
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, November 2021
It is vital that new burdens funding is provided to councils to support the proactive work necessary to ensure compliance with the legislation. This will enable councils to ensure compliance through supporting freeholders to understand and comply with the new requirements, with financial penalties being used as a matter of last resort.
Motion on second homes submitted to East Suffolk Council by Cllr David Beavan
This Council urges the government to finally and promptly close the iniquitous loophole that allows second home owners to evade both council tax and rates by pretending to be a holiday let business, even though they do not have to actually let at all.
A Youth Justice System that Works for Children
The LGA alongside the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the Association of Youth Offending Teams (YOT) Managers, have produced this joint policy position paper highlighting the challenges facing the youth justice system.
Look out for vulnerable as temperatures drop, councils urge
People are being urged by councils to check in on vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure they are safe with parts of the country set to experience low temperatures.
LGA responds to NAO report into effectiveness of Government’s Kickstart Scheme
“To ensure employment and skills programmes are as effective as they can be in future, councils and combined authorities should be placed at the heart of delivering a coherent and local offer building on their proven track record of delivering similar services and support.”
LGA responds to latest adult substance misuse treatment statistics
"As these figures show, more needs to be done to meet increasing demand and a huge amount of unmet need, with more than half a million adults estimated to have alcohol dependency, while a high proportion of those receiving treatment are living in the most deprived areas."
National Children and Adult Services Virtual Conference 2021, 24-26 November 2021
Presentations from this event are available here.
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