Improvement and innovation bulletin: October 2021

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Improvement and innovation bulletin

October 2021

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Calls for action

LGA future sector support programme

As we look towards 2022, we are beginning discussions with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) about the future development of our sector support programme. To help ensure that our support offer continues to meet your needs, please let us know:

  • What aspects of our support are most valuable to your councils?
  • What new types of support could your council benefit from?

Please email your comments to or contact your principal adviser directly.

Housing Advisers Programme

The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support councils seeking to innovate in meeting the housing needs of their communities. The 2021/22 programme is open for applications and will close on 15 November 2021.

National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

Applications have now opened to candidates for the 24th cohort of the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) which provides local government with a diverse and passionate pipeline of talent. The programme is ranked number 50 on 'The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers' for 2021/21. Organisations have until the end of March 2022 to sign up for next year’s intake. Find out more or email with any enquiries.

Strategic workforce planning: support extended to 2021/22

The LGA has been successfully supporting councils to create workforce plans as part of our wider programme of support in strategic workforce planning. From October, we can support a further 10 councils. If your council is interested in joining this funded support programme, please apply now

Reviewing governance processes

Following the publication of the guidance handbook on improving the governance of developer contributions, we are supporting individual councils to help understand where improvements are needed. We will work with you to co-create ways to ensure that money collected is used to deliver infrastructure in an efficient, transparent, robust and effective way. If you are interested, please email

Supporting economic growth good practice

We are looking for examples of economic growth good practice from councils, to share learning across the sector. These case studies can cover a wide range of areas including regeneration, support to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and more. If you have examples of projects you would like to feature, please use our case study template (downloadable Word document) or email for more information.


We have launched a new e-learning platform for councillors. Our new platform provides an up-to-date learning experience and enables councillors to create a bespoke learning programme by choosing the modules most relevant to their needs – from deepening their knowledge of local government to further developing the leadership skills needed to work effectively with communities. Councillors can register on the new platform quickly and easily for a more accessible learning experience.

Webinars and digital events

Economic growth (part of the Leadership Essentials series)
Tuesday 2 November and Thursday 4 November | online
We are delivering another online programme on economic growth for councillors as part of the Leadership Essentials series. The aim is to give councillors the confidence, capacity, and skills to lead the response to building back local economies after the pandemic. There are up to 20 places on the programme. To book your place, contact Grace Collins at or on 02076 643054.

Working with partners to tackle modern slavery in your area
Tuesday 2 November, 2.00–3.45pm | online
Eradicating modern slavery requires the input and coordination of a range of local partners, both to disrupt ongoing cases of slavery and also to support victims. This webinar will hear from a range of different partners and speakers with extensive experience of developing local slavery partnerships – and consider how councils can best engage with them to tackle this heinous crime.

Building safety (part of the Leadership Essentials series)
Wednesday 3 November, 10.00am–3.30pm | 18 Smith Square, London
The LGA is holding an in-person event on the new building safety regime (including the Fire Safety Act), exploring councils’ responsibilities as dutyholders for high-rise (18-metre and taller) residential buildings. It will provide an opportunity for delegates to explore latest developments, learn from each other, and share experiences ahead of the introduction of new responsibilities that will have significant implications for councils. The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised, and therefore free to attend. To register for the event or to find out more email

Pass the Planet: showcasing local climate action on the COP26 goals
Tuesday 9 November, 2.00–3.30pm | online
In the run-up to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the LGA has showcased best practice from councils through our Pass the Planet campaign. In this webinar, four councils present their own best practice, each linking with one of the four COP26 goals: mitigation, adaptation, collaboration and finance.

Leadership webinar on scrutiny essentials
Monday 22 November, 2.30–3.30pm | online
This leadership webinar is for newly elected members and aspiring chairs with an overview of scrutiny. Led by experts in their field, the programme will also offer the opportunity to focus on the hot topics that are currently most relevant to work in their area.

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022
Tuesday 28–Thursday 30 June | Harrogate Convention Centre
Join us in Harrogate for the biggest event in the local government calendar, where we’ll be discussing the latest issues affecting local government. LGA members can take advantage of the earlybird delegate fee.

Latest publications and reports

Delivering local net zero
We have published a new report, 'Delivering local net zero', which sets out the case for why councils are best-placed to deliver green infrastructure projects in local communities – supporting the Government's ambition to level up, build back better, and tackle the climate emergency. It evidences how over 1,000 homes a day could be retrofitted with low-carbon efficiency measures by councils by 2030 – reducing energy bills by nearly £700 million – with the right investment and support.

A vision for urban growth and recovery
This report analyses the consequences of COVID-19 for urban economies and sets out a new vision for urban growth and recovery.

NGDP recruitment information pack 2021/22
This pack outlines how councils can utilise the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) to recruit the best of their local talent.

Supporting rough sleepers at a time of national crisis
Following the success of Everyone In, which saw over 37,000 vulnerable people supported off the streets during the pandemic, the LGA has worked with MHCLG to facilitate a peer support process as part of the sector support programme we deliver. We have published a new report: 'Voice of the sector: supporting rough sleepers at a time of national crisis' which outlines the major issues, themes and learning from these panel sessions.

Additionally, you might be interested in...

Shaping Places for Healthier Lives programme launch

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Shaping Places for Healthier Lives programme. The programme is supported by The Health Foundation who will provide Bristol City Council, Doncaster Council, London Borough of Newham, Northumberland County Council and Shropshire Council with £300 thousand each, over three years, to work with local partners to improve health and address health inequalities; and tackle food insecurity, crime and anti-social behaviour, and mental wellbeing in their local areas. The LGA will manage the programme. If you have any questions, please email

'Local Action for our Environment' podcast series

The LGA has released a podcast series to provide advice and guidance for council officers and members looking to engage their local communities on climate change.

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus

New reports on LG Inform

LG Inform Plus

Keep pace with the changing boundaries of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and parliamentary constituencies. As is the case with all boundary changes, the data is automatically recalculated to present the 'best fit' picture for the new areas:

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first e-bulletins

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Yours faithfully,

Cllr Peter Fleming OBE
LGA Improvement and Innovation Board

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