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News roundup - 30 July 2020

England’s social care plans ‘need timetable and to be a radical rethink’

Ministers must publish a timetable for changes to social care before parliament returns in September and that their plans must envision a “radical rethink”, a coalition of councils and charities is demanding.

Any overhauled system for England must acknowledge “the importance of social care’s local dimension”, the coalition says in a clear warning against a centralised national care service modelled on the NHS or merger with it. The group said any proposals must not just be a funding change to save people from selling their homes to meet costs.

Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/27/england-social-care-plans-need-timetable-and-be-a-radical-rethink-councils-funding

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals

Local authorities are facing a critical shortage of the expertise needed to plan for climate change, a new survey has found.

The survey, conducted by the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA), found only 12% of local authorities strongly agree they have the skills and expertise needed to take account of flood risk now and in the future.

Full story: https://www.localgov.co.uk/Majority-of-councils-lack-expertise-to-deal-with-flood-risk-survey-reveals/50840

Councils welcome £2bn active transport ‘revolution’

Thousands of miles of new cycle routes will be built in towns and cities as part of the Prime Minister’s £2bn ‘cycling and walking revolution’.
Under the new measures, more cycle racks will also be installed at transport hubs, city centres and public buildings. More on-street storage and bike hangers will be provided for those people who don’t have space to keep a bike at home.

Full story: https://www.localgov.co.uk/Councils-welcome-2bn-active-transport-revolution/50841

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