The LGA Podcast
Local Action For Our Environment: The climate crisis
Season 1, Ep. 1
This first episode provides a foundation to inform senior council managers and councillors of the need to act and address the climate emergency. Our speakers discuss two main questions:Why should local government care about the climate crisis and why do they need to act now?Why engage the public on climate change and the climate emergency?Guests:Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest London Borough CouncilProfessor Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds, Chair of the Leeds Climate Commission and Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission.For more information about this podcast series and to read the show notes, visit www.local.gov.uk/local-action-podcast
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 8 (New Forest District Council)
Season 1, Ep. 8
Nicola Plummer, Performance and Projects Officer in the Operations team at New Forest District Council joins Rhian Gladman in this episode of the Nudges for Social Good Podcast to discuss the delivery of their LGA Behavioural Insights project. Building on initial research that they had done before the Pandemic to clear verge side waste from vehicles, the team used the adaptable framework from this research to target a new form of coastal littering that had emerged as a key challenge during the Pandemic. Nicola shares insights about the interventions that were put into place including the provision of disposable bags to encourage polite litterers to take their waste home and their comms campaign, ‘crabby crab’ to spread the message as well as key takeaways from the project.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 7 (North Yorkshire County Council)
Season 1, Ep. 7
In this episode, Ruth Little, School Readiness Coordinator at North Yorkshire County Council, speaks to Rhian Gladman about the delivery of their LGA Behavioural Insights project. The team originally focused on school readiness and due to the pandemic pivoted to encourage community activity to support neighbours and residents along with helping staff with wellbeing and agile working in the pandemic. Ruth shares her experience from the start of the pandemic and how working with community groups and staff needed robust information and engagement practices to continue the delivery of the pilot under a dynamic and pressured environment.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 6 (Knowsley Council)
Season 1, Ep. 6
Dave Tyrrell from Knowsley Council joins us for this episode to discuss his work with the LGA to deliver a twelve week free trial to improve understanding of assistive technology solutions and encourage increased take up. Dave provides insights into how behaviour change techniques helped residents build understanding and confidence to engage with this service area that ultimately led to a staggering 27 per cent rise in installation figures.
Forget What You Think You Know... About Councils and Local Elections
Season 2, Ep. 4
In this episode, Esther Barrott, a graduate on the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), takes us on a journey to find out more about councils and the workings behind them. Esther looks at the general perceptions that surround councils, what councils actually do for communities, the role they have played throughout the pandemic, and why it is so important to vote in the upcoming local elections on 6 May.Esther is joined by Cllr Peter Fleming, who shares his story around how he got involved in local government and what the role of a councillor involves; Jackie Weaver who gives us an insight into the story behind the famous parish council meeting that made her an internet star and why voting in local elections is so important; and Lord Simon Woolley who explains why it is important diverse audiences engage with councils and local democracy and what councils should be doing more of to encourage them to get involved.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 5 (Behavioural Insights Team)
Season 1, Ep. 5
Hazel Wright from the Behavioural Insights Team joins us for this episode of Nudges for Social Good. Hazel and her team work extensively with local authorities across the UK to embed the use of behavioural science. This episode explores how a busy councillor or local government officer could initiate a project with guidance on the key stages of delivering a behavioural change project.
Forget what you think you know...about the vaccine roll out
Season 2, Ep. 3
This is the third in the series of our Forget What You Think You Know series.In this episode, Birmingham City Councillor, Paulette Hamilton is joined by Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council; Julie Yates, Lead Consultant for Screening and Immunisation at Public Health England; and Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive at Southwark Council and National Adviser on Vaccinations, to discuss the roll out of the vaccination programme and how it can be maintained at a local level, the role the NHS, councils and local partners have played so far and what they can do in the future and how we can tackle the issues of vaccine hesitancy as a key challenge throughout 2021.
Nudges for Social Good: Ep 4 (North East Lincolnshire)
Season 1, Ep. 4
In this episode, Claire Thompson, Community Insights and Marketing Managerat North East Lincolnshire Council, discusses the process of delivering their LGA project aimed atimproving cancer screening rates to prevent late diagnosis in residents. Claire also shares insight into how covid-19 has impacted the public health sector in Lincolnshire and how they responded to the challenges of covid through partnership working and establishing extensive communication networks across public sector health bodies.
Homelessness and the pandemic
Season 2, Ep. 2
The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on our communities. In the UK alone, tens of thousands have tragically passed away as a result of the virus. Restrictions on our daily lives have been immediate, and, for peacetime, unprecedented in scale. The impact on local people, and on the services which support them, has been huge. Homelessness is one area which has been impacted heavily by COVID-19.In the episode we talk to Alek, a27-year oldfrom Estonia, who was homeless and living on the streets as the outbreak of COVID-19happened.He gives an account ofhowHaringey Council helped him find safe accommodation to shelter him from the dangers COVID-19 poses and how Haringey Council have continued to support him as he looks to progress with his life. The episode also explores how approaches to tackling homelessness changed as the outbreak of the pandemic happened and what needs to happen next to keep homeless people from returning to the streets.For information, some of the stats on homelessness in Britain have changed slightly since the interviews were conducted in early December.