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LGA: COVID-19 has created ‘perfect storm’ of health inequalities
The Devolution Hub
A local path to net zero
“COVID-19 has cruelly exposed and exacerbated the many social and health problems which existed before the pandemic, that need to be urgently addressed as part of our national recovery."
Everything you need to know about devolution in England.
Bringing together information on devolution for the public and local authorities.
Councils have a significant role to play in tackling the climate emergency. Councils want to work as partners with government to support and advance on the UK's net zero target by 2050.
LGA submission: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking inquiry on Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy 2
Local government is ambitious to do more to accelerate a shift to cycling and walking and where possible, making it the first choice for mode of journey in every community. As each place is different, both in terms of local economic profile, demographics, geography, topography and existing infrastructure, a locally determined approach to investment will deliver the best outcomes.
LGA responds to Sport in our Communities select committee report
"This report rightly recognises that local government is at the forefront of providing facilities, supporting both formal and informal opportunities for activities, and accessible to all members of the community."
LGA responds to concerns about self-isolation for critical workers
"It is clear that the current high prevalence of COVID-19 has resulted in large numbers of close contacts being required to self-isolate, which is placing pressure on some council services due to staff shortages. Most councils have been able to keep services running but there is a concern that, if rates increase further, many will be forced to prioritise services that protect the most vulnerable in their communities."
Our vision for a future care workforce strategy
Adult social care leaders have come together for the first time to offer a collective vision of what should be in a care workforce strategy for the growing sector.
Hot weather – information for councils
The Heatwave Plan for England been updated to include hot-weather-related risks and precautions specific to COVID-19.
‘Don’t put lives at risk’: Councils issue COVID-19 heatwave warning
The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, said people should think carefully before travelling to beaches, parks and other public places and to get in the habit of checking they are safe to visit, following our reaching of step 4 of the Government’s roadmap.
Tree management and woodland creation webinar
In this webinar, speakers from The Tree Council explained why tree management matters, representatives from Defra and the Forestry Commission discussed new opportunities including the England Woodland Creation Offer and the Local Authority Treescapes Fund, and there was a presentation on the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.
The role of councils in improving access to affordable credit and financial services for low-income households
This guide offers councils ideas and experience to enable them to make the best use of available resources, maximise the effectiveness and value of their local approaches and to ensure that they are well placed to drive forward positive change in the provision of affordable and responsible finance, for the people and communities that need it the most.
Thriving nature for people and planet
"Thriving nature is fundamental to our health and happiness. That’s why nature’s recovery must be a priority as we take steps to recover from the pandemic."
Priorities for COP26, House of Commons, 22 July 2021
Local government plays a leading role in accelerating the shift towards achieving net zero carbon. With nearly two thirds of councils in England aiming to be carbon neutral 20 years before the national target, councils are well placed to support Government to meet its net zero carbon ambitions by 2050.
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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.