• Combined authority 'spending reserves like it's going out of fashion'

    17 June 2020

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s chief executive has expressed doubts about whether his region would be able to cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections.

  • Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

    16 June 2020

    Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

  • The value of local leadership

    12 June 2020

    Local outbreak plans are due to be in place by the end of June. Professor Jim McManus asks how are they shaping up, and outlines the principles that define a good plan. Too many questions remain about the idea of 'local lockdowns', he adds.

  • Heed us on contact tracing, urges public health chief

    01 May 2020

    Councils’ public health teams and their leaders need to be at the heart of discussions about any new COVID-19 contact tracing system, says the president of the Association of Directors of Public Health.  

  • The view from the ground on contact tracing

    01 May 2020

    The crucial issue of contact tracing is a chance to reset the local, regional and national relationship, says Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy.

  • We are ready to track and trace

    28 April 2020

    The Government is planning a national track and trace scheme as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. But no single body is best placed to do this alone and local government stands ready to help, says Paul Najsarek.

  • Finding the right mindset -  and team

    14 April 2020

    Jim McManus shares his lessons for dealing with pandemics  - and presents a ‘go to guide’ on the six key elements of his COVID-19 multi-agency response.

  • Public health funding boosted almost 5%

    17 March 2020

    Councils will receive public health grants totalling £3.3bn next year, the Government has announced.

  • ‘A roadmap towards a good society’

    04 March 2020

    Sir Michael Marmot’s damning report on health inequalities found that, while there has been limited action by Government, many local authorities have taken forward the recommendations outlined in his 2010 review. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Making the case for a bigger cake

    19 February 2020

    Darryl Eyers explains why four local professional associations have come together alongside the LGA to make a collective case to Government for the right long-term resources

  • Clear leadership from the government is needed on public health

    08 January 2020

    Wellbeing should be built into the fabric of Government decision-making when it comes to both policy-making and funding allocation - and it is time for a multi-year funding settlement for public health, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.