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🚨Our session "Human capacity for the energy and climate transition: what is needed at the local level?" just started!

Tune in to find out more on cities staff & skill needs and which initiatives are helping address this.

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The session starts with @AdrianHiel from @energycities presenting the needs for building decarbonisation at local level from #localstaff4climate report:

👷‍♂️+214,000 new staffing roles at local level
💶+16 billion euros in salaries
📈 +3% of local gov's public expenditures
Zooming into the case of France🇫🇷 Aurore Colin from @I4CE_ presents the needs they identified in their study:

💶12 billion euros in climate investment
👥 for which they need 25,000 more positions dedicated to climate action, just to steer local policies and investment
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Health inequalities are deepening in the UK.

How can we keep people happier & healthier for longer through community-led approaches?

We’re about to find out now from @BolaOwolabi8 in conversation w/ @ClaireKPPL in the Great Hall.

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“The people that I see at my surgery week in and week out inspire the work that we do”

“The people who find themselves on the periphery…that’s what I care about”

The hugely inspirational @BolaOwolabi8 #StrongerThings
“There are insights about what will work in our communities that I will never know as a GP, I will only know by respectfully asking the people on the ground”

“The messenger is just as important as the message”

⚡️ @BolaOwolabi8 ⚡️#StrongerThings
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Oh look! A new lawsuit has been filed in NJ by a librarian against #parents who spoke up at a school board meeting.

Egregious 1A violation. Let's review the public records. A thread🧵.
Atty @tonycaivano1964, hubs of radical librarian @roxanacaivano, actually filed a lawsuit for defamation against #parents who exercised their 1A rights to petition their #localgov and criticize the very #govtjobs employee whose salary they they pay.

Let's learn more about……
So, Librarian Roxana Caivano @roxanacaivano flexes here with Just How Important She Is. Based on her white privilege?


It gets better though....
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🧵: In the comments of this post - which the actions in the video are horrendous enough - it is referred to as how all elected officials should be treated this way, and we should bring back guillotines back into every square for politicians. The irony is there is this sense 1/
that we need to get rid of all of these horrible politicians and somehow good ones back… but honest question here. Why the fuck does anyone want to get involved in this?! I had someone reach out to me the other night to say how much they missed me on Council and hoped I was 2/
doing okay and I replied how great I am, and how much happier I am off of Council. It’s the first time in 3 years I have gone a couple months without death threats, threats of being sued or charged or horrible comments in my inbox or voicemail. It’s actually a weight off 3/
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The 2% cap on Council Tax rises (temp 3%), from the Localism Act 2011, may be increased to 5% today.

Council Tax needs substantial reform. It is regressive, unrelated to ability to pay, and out-of-date with property values.

But #localgov should be championing the cap rise.🧵
That local govt revenues have been battered through austerity is a given. That hole can never be wholly filled by increased Council Tax without an unbearable burden on poorer households.

But Council Tax is an important democratic tool.
It goes to the heart of local government's constitutional role to have the power to raise taxes on its constituents as a legitimate, elected public governing institution, to provide services for them on their behalf.
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Each year, #LocalGov helps adults to re-engage in learning, gain vital new skills and take next steps into work.

But Govt plans to limit this offer, risking stifling economic growth, leaving vacancies in crucial areas like social care, teaching & green tech. Image text: Save local services to train a workforce fit for
Growing the economy won’t be easily achieved if we can’t provide the routes to jobs of the future.

We need to be investing more now to give people the right skills to keep up with demand and provide the next generation of engineers, teachers, nurses and care workers.
Every local area has its own unique mix of jobs, qualification levels, unemployment & vacancies - a one-size-fits-all national approach to tackling a looming skills deficit is not the solution.

We need more routes for people to access community-based learning, not less.
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Councils are often expected to use reserves to plug ongoing budget gaps and #SaveLocalServices.

Using reserves is not the solution to the financial pressures councils are facing. 

A council reserves 🧵👇 Council reserves, why can't...
Councils hold financial reserves so they can plan for the future & are used in 3 different ways.

Money is used to pay for both planned projects, such as renewing the town centre or harder to predict situations, like a pandemic or responding to emergencies like flooding. Council reserves can be use...
Reserves help councils even out their cash flow. Govt grants often cover spending that happen in more than 1 year – having reserves lets councils use unspent funding for a specific purpose when it’s needed.

Eg money passed on by Govt to make COVID grants to local businesses.
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With the announcement the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023, we know election teams with scheduled polls on 4 May 2023 will need to know how this may affect the election timetable 1/5 #LocalGov #Elections A drawing of a gold and red...
We do not know yet whether the May Day bank holiday will be moved to Friday 5 May, in the same way May Day 2020 was moved for the VE Day 75th anniversary. 2/5
There is also the potential issue of holding Friday election counts on what may now be a bank holiday, or even Coronation Day if parish council counts are planned for 6 May. 3/5
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By @CWIPrize via @newsfromnowhere Previous winners… of Comedy Women in Print. Would love to see some satirical pieces set in #localgov / local politics, or local public services. The fun writers could have with that. (One for Local Democracy Reporters?) 1/2
"Years before his prolific career as a novelist, Charles Dickens worked as a court reporter. After studying Gurney shorthand, he became a freelance reporter at Doctor Commons courts in London in 1829."… ***Lots*** of material to work with in public meetings
Also see @BNArchive, & filter to find transcripts of court cases & #localgov meetings which today read as drama scripts. ***Because heckles were included in the quotations***.
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Our new report on Smart #LocalEnergy Systems takes #LocalGov a step closer to #NetZero by detailing the business models that show how.

Funded by @InnovateUk @UKRI_news

Download it here:…

We've defined 5⃣ types of Smart #LocalEnergy Systems, developed with #localgov, @UKRI_News and @InnovateUk’s projects around the UK.

Learn more here:…
Smart #LocalEnergy System are made up of these 6⃣ key components (see graphic) that may be connected in 4 different ways:

▶️ Digitally connected
▶️ Virtually connected
▶️ Market platforms
▶️ Local energy assets

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How much do purpose, customers and people remain a anchor in your organisations - no matter what challenges are thrown at them ? #ukhousing #localgov #NHS
Do targets become your sole focus at all costs ? Or do you think about the consequences for your customers and involve them in your decisions ?
Do you understand that your customers are individuals, and that if not addressing their issues means you still hit your targets, the consequences of you ignoring them could be absolutely devastating for them ?
#ukhousing #localgov #nhs
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Looking forward to what should be an insightful conversation about how the government can make the #LevellingUp agenda work in practise #IfGLevellingUp
.@bronwenmaddox opens by asking Haldane if the #LevellingUpWhitePaper provides a description as to what #LevellingUp is. Haldane says the 12 Missions were designed to "provide clarity" around what successful levelling up would look like #IfGLevellingUp
Haldane stresses that "Missions" are not government targets, but are "loftier goals" that have actions that governments, private sector, VCSE, etc can all contribute towards to #IfGLevellingUp
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Looking forward to what should be a very timely discussion on the IFS's latest research geographic inequalities in labour market outcomes & how this may present challenges for the Govt's #LevellingUp agenda #IFSEvents
First @PJTheEconomist and the @NuffieldFound's @markfranks give a brief overview of the IFS #DeatonReview into inequalities, and why the Nuffield Foundation gave the review its financial support #IFSEvents
Franks recognises that #LevellingUp will only be delivered if we focus on multiple factors of #inequalities - age, gender, education, public services, jobs - not just place #IFSEvents
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With the publication of the #LevellingUpWhitePaper, today, I'm looking forward to what should be a timely discussion on how Govts could work with the Private Sector to deliver on the #LevellingUp agenda #IfGlevellingup
First speaker @SCCI_Sara says there is an "extreme appetite" from businesses to work with the Government. Notes that in #Stafordshire in particular, there is a sense of relief that spatial strategy & local economies are "on the agenda at last" #IfGLevellingUp
.@greatermcr's John Wrathmell agrees. Says that the #CombinedAuthority has been concerned about #LevellingUp the region "before the government invented the phrase" & says that wanting to increase opportunity for all should be a "clear goal" of any Govt #IfGLevellingUp
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#Thread 1/5 One of the most complex areas of policy is land use planning and economics formed in #localgov. It is also one if the most fundamental areas which has long reaching and enduring impacts on most other areas if policy from housing, health environment and economic,..
2/5 BUT correct me if I’m wrong is almost the only area of policy that has to undergo an independent examination upon formation where others can challenge through opinion or most often private financial and economic imperatives… this also makes it profoundly difficult
3/5 ( if not impossible) to test (in the external and user defined sense) and iterate through the development of the policy framework as there is a requirement to take a product (local plan) full of wide ranging statutory policies developed over 3-5 yrs that demonstrate having
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There are 18 young adults across the Nation who are training to be model citizens. For a month, they have worked with their local governments to uplift the civic standards of their neighborhoods.
They are the Youth vertical of the Solve Movement! Working endlessly with our mentors, this group of leaders is training to build the future of the country. Are you still reading this?
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With the dust settling on Monday’s #socialcare announcements & time to reflect, here’s a thread with some further personal conclusions:
1. That the State places a cap on individual liabilities for care costs is a worthy principle which subsequent govts could improve (e.g. free care = a zero-cap); I question whether it should be the 1st priority now (see 3 below).
2. The cap proposals will help few people initially & takes us back to where we would have been in 2016 had the Cameron govt not cancelled the original reforms (legislated for & funding agreed by Treasury). Not so much a bold step forward but the reinstatement of 5 lost years.
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.@NeilDotObrien opens up the @ukonward Level Up event. Recognises that local governance has been something policymakers have been grappling with for many decades. And is something government are actively thinking about at the moment.
.@SimonClarkeMP is up next, reflecting on his time as a Minister working on the Devolution White Paper. Says that @BorisJohnson made the the point, when he was appointed, that #devo is central to the levelling up agenda.
He emphasises the importance of metro mayors. But also talks about an 'incomplete revolution' in devolution. There's still more to be done.
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#LOTI in collaboration with @ONS @ONSdigital to identify a common problem that London boroughs face that could benefit from #collaboration. We'll work together to develop a solution that demonstrates the value of #DataScience within London’s #LocalGovernment. LOTI & ONS Data Collaboration workshop
In the first exercise, #DataScientists & #DataAnalysts in London boroughs have been invited to share what skills they'd like to improve through this training opportunity in collaboration with @ONS @ONSdigital

#DataScienceCampus #DataCollaboration #DataAnalysis #LocalGovDigital LOTI & ONS Data Collaboration workshop - exercise 1
This #LOTI & @ONS @ONSdigital #DataCollaboration programme pilot is aimed at developing the capability & skills of #LocalGov officers working in #data teams. It's important that we understand their context and priorities:

#DataScience #DataAnalysis #Collaboration #Digital
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Treasury mooting idea of replacing council tax & stamp duty with a national property tax. Might sound on surface as if there’s a logic to it but the consequences for #localgov and local democracy would be dire.…
Council tax is a very unhappy tax- it’s regressive, linked to 1991 property values so those in lower band housing pay proportionately more than those in homes whose value has spiralled since. & it’s paid like a bill, unlike other taxes deducted at source so people notice it more.
Despite its deep flaws council tax seems politically untouchable, esp amongst Tories, as it only came about in the wake of the poll tax riots & the demise of the Thatcher Govt. Since then it’s rather been filed away in the Treasury under “things not to touch with a barge pole”.
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Municipal Elections: A Thread

Recently I've seen calls for people to start getting involved in their local (municipal) elections. If anyone is up for an example of why we need more people doing so, look no further than here, in Burlington, ON. /1
/2 Burlington has been building up over the years. It's been very noticeable the past decade. I could go on about our ex-mayor's role in this, but I'll focus on the here & now. After our municipal election documents were made public, I did some digging on my ward councillor.
/3 I took his 16 campaign contributors (no businesses listed anymore, just names) & on a hunch I started searching. What I found shocked me a bit. Out of the 16 contributors, 11 were developers or tied to development. For those in Burlington, here's the list:
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#Listen2Cities #LocalizingSDGs

#Culture is a key dimension of #SustainableDevelopment

In this thread, we will show how #cities#GoodPractices have significantly contributed to achieving #SDGs as referred in our OBS 🔗 and Guide…
#SDG11 aims at promoting the #sustainable #development of #cities

👉#SDG11 is the Goal that addresses #culture more directly, with Target 11.4 aiming at strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s #cultural and natural #heritage

#Listen2Cities #LocalizingSDGs
👉In #BeitSahour the revitalization of the historic Old City and its related #heritage has contributed to local #identity and #sustainable tourism

✨See good practice here 🔗…

#Listen2Cities #LocalizingSDGs #SDG11
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It is a new tool box. A way to apply new thinking to the problems of contemporary life. What are we DOING when we change something in a system like #energy #transport #housing or #food?

We are changing a system which makes us free. Free to cook, clean, move and shelter.
So it is never just #energy #energytransition work we are doing. We are not just trying to hit #netzero we are intervening in peoples lives and #capabilities

These freedoms are part of a contract between individuls, society and institutions.
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Council run leisure facilities play a key role in keeping communities together, the nation active and reducing the burden on the NHS.

As representatives of #LocalGov, we're proud to back the #SaveLeisure campaign, launched by @CommLeisureUK, @_ukactive and @cimspa.

Why? Thread:
Leisure centres and other sporting facilities provided by councils support 36% of physical activity across the country.
While private sector facilities contribute greatly, it is councils that provide the swimming pools and other facilities that would generally be less profitable for and less attractive to the private sector.
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