Cllr David Renard, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, comments on the Government’s announcement of an additional £130 million of funding for bus operators to act as an extension of emergency support since the pandemic.
Councils have a central role to play in boosting civic pride in left behind places - Professor Michael Kenny
Local authorities’ responsibilities in areas like local arts provision on a statutory footing. Councils have a crucial role to play as anchors and convenors of place, and are best positioned to understand what policy mix is most likely to enhance feelings of civic pride in their area.
The aim of this session was to explore questions of place and identity within a post-pandemic context and look to the potential of local social and cultural infrastructure to strengthen inward investment, encourage entrepreneurialism and address economic inequalities.
"These statistics published today are very concerning, with drug related deaths showing sharp increases compared with 2020. Every death to drug misuse is a tragedy and councils are absolutely determined to ensure vulnerable people have the right support and treatment."