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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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In our new @NewCitProj piece, we zoom in on Local Government


Because it's right at the heart of the crucible we're in

If #localgov can lean into the Citizen story, it could create the space for all of us

Intro THREAD below

Full post:…
This has been hugely inspired by lots of people and orgs - to name but a few...

@SimonFParker @OJGarling @Notwestminster @kirkdemocracy @jj_mclaughlin @NLGNthinktank @LocalTrust @demsoc @mySociety @clairemansfield @_LiberalPatriot @ewgjones @IndigenousKnow @involveUK and and and
The 3 futures we talk about in our broader analysis are all possible in #localgov

SUBJECT: councils could become administrative outposts of government-as-controlling-state

CONSUMER: they could remain stuck as branch outlets of government-as-service-provider

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#LocalGov continues to lead local efforts to beat #coronavirus but is being stretched to the maximum.

Many councils continue to face spiralling cost and demand pressures at the same time as seeing a huge drop in income.

This is unsustainable.

THREAD (1/8) 👇
Extra funding for councils will be helpful but they will need up to four times the funding they have been allocated by government so far.

We are working with councils to provide the most robust evidence to government on the financial challenges they face. (2/8)
Their latest monthly returns should show the impact of a full month of cost pressures and income reductions and the impact of lower council tax and business rates collection rates. (3/8)
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At every turn of the #Covid_19 crisis, the Govt has centralised decision-making into command & control with a preference for big blunt schemes over sophisticated local strategies & expertise- often with huge real life consequences for people not getting response they need. (1/?)
This virus is not hitting everywhere and everyone equally, we know that geographic, demographic and socio-economic factors compound its spread. This calls for intelligent, adaptive locally-led responses, but the Govt has held a tight grip on initiative throughout.
The centralised response started w/ Govt decision not to deploy Civil Contingencies Act, which set out clear roles, responsibility & resources for public bodies incl #localgov in an emergency. The Covid Act has more draconian powers for the executive & no defined local role.
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Pleased to speak to @BBCShropshire about #localgov funding & impact of coronavirus on parish/town council budgets esp. lost income - government must provide dedicated package of support incl. funding, or many councils will be facing precept increases and/or service reductions
Took opportunity to thank parish & town councils for leading their communities in #VEDay75 commemorations, finding creative ways to for people to remember & celebrate from the safety of their own homes
Councils among the quickest off the mark to step up & support their communities as part of the national effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic
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Hearing a frustration that fewer people listening to standard #covid19 messaging. Just share real people's messaging, FFS. There's acres of it. It doesn't have to be local. It doesn't have to be yours. It just has to work. #localgov #police #nhscomms #govcomms
It doesn't have to be local. Christ, the internet doesn't have boundaries. A story from Southampton can cut through in Stourbridge.
It doesn't have to be your content. Share someone else's. Share a paramedic or a nurse.
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We're heartbroken to hear that some of our #LocalGov colleagues have been abused while working to keep communities running.

This is unacceptable. They're our people and they are working tirelessly to get us all through💙

A #ThankYouLocalGov thread 👇 Image
In our time of need, the bin men from @lpoolcouncil are continuing to work to make sure the streets of #Liverpool are clean and tidy.

We salute you! 👏


They're not the only ones

Gemma from @Royal_Greenwich has been working around the clock ⏱️(and away from her normal office role!) to ensure Greenwich's streets remain clean and tidy. Well done Gemma!


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Norman, we need to talk. A week ago I declared our city was in a state of emergency. 3 days later we made the incredibly difficult choice to close some businesses, because the coronavirus is 3X more contagious than the flu and the ONLY way to slow its spread is social distancing.
Fast forward to today. It’s 10pm, and I’m getting messages from a local physician begging me to do what I can to get more personal protective equipment (PPE) for the hospital. They even sent me sewing instructions for making “pocket masks,” because the need is that severe.
Then they said “I went to Harbor Freight yesterday to get some makeshift PPE for when we run out, & it looked like a regular day w/ parking lots/streets full. I stopped in the Walmart parking lot but it was nearly full so I didn’t go in. People aren’t taking it seriously enough.”
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Today we’re discussing soil care as part the #urbanisinginplace research programme…
Kicking off with @Anna_K_speaking speaking about what it means to care ...
Identifying 4 stages of care:

- identifying the need

- accepting the responsibility to meet it

- identifying how you will provide the care

- assessing how well you have provided the care
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Much to commend in #UK2070 work. Clearly a serious academic type regional planning orientated contribution to issues of regional inequality and what we need to do about it. Good stuff! However, whilst extensive, there are some serious omissions/lack of emphasis.
Few thoughts 1/6
💷Financialisation with wealth extraction? The great 'unleveller' of the UK economy. This is a hugely significant omission by #uk2070? Needed bravery here. It hasn't been.
🌳 #GreenNewDeal? Surely worthy of consideration as basis to industrial transformation/ rebalancing?
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Local economies? Weak section. And no mention of #communitywealthbuilding(I declare an interest!). However, this is a key local economic approach adopted by dozens of areas and growing in anchor institutions (I.e #NHS)
👋Brexit. Barely mentioned.
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Today we’re at the “Fringe Farming In London” event being run by @UKSustain & @MayorofLondon

Together we’re asking: can we support agro ecological food production in the capital and beyond?

#food #agroecology #farming #periurban
One key question is what is the role of #greenbelt - 22% of London’s land is greenbelt but it is largely seen as a place of recreation rather than as a place of production
Brian from @organiclea suggests the idea of not just a Garden City or a Nation Park City but a Market Garden City....,
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A decade of funding cuts and reforms have radically reshaped English councils’ revenues and spending, with potentially significant implications for the future.

Today, we've published our first annual report on English #localgov funding:…
Cuts have been larger in poorer parts of the country.

The most deprived tenth of councils cut spending per person by 31% (or £432 per person) between 2009–10 and 2019–20.

The least deprived tenth of councils had to make cuts of only 16% (or £134 per person).
The local government funding system still redistributes from less deprived to more deprived areas – but less so than a decade ago.

The next government will need to take a decision on whether to entrench or undo this change.
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