The LGA Labour Group exists to fight the corner for Labour councillors at a national level, both within
the cross-party Local Government Association and with the Labour Party at Westminster. The Group provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and act as a platform for ideas and innovation for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.

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Delivering high-quality social care

Investing in the skills needed for the social care system

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Blackpool Council, Plymouth City Council

The Health and Social Care Career Academy was launched in 2018 by Blackpool Council. It is led by the council and delivered in partnership with health, education and social care partners across Blackpool. The vision of the Academy is to facilitate better and more specific education around providing care. As forecasts suggest employment in this sector in Lancaster is set to grow by 1.7% in the next six years. A particular focus of the Academy is to raise the positive profile of health and social care and the many and varied career paths that exist within and alongside care.

Plymouth City Council has launched an Academy of Social Work as part of a wider ambition to lead social work education and practice in the south west. The Academy aims to set standards of excellence in training, recruit more social workers, provide ongoing professional development and retain front line social workers. The Academy places young people’s voices at the centre of practice and explores innovative ways to become leaders in the field of social work education. The Academy far exceeds national benchmarks on recruitment, retention and standards of sustainable professional and career development.