• ‘We’re still not doing what works in many areas’

    15 December 2020

    Are the Government’s latest early years’ initiatives enough to improve the life chances for vulnerable children – or is more leadership and vision needed? Ann McGauran reports from the Early Intervention Foundation conference.

  • ADPH chief slams failure to increase public health grant

    02 December 2020

    The Government’s failure to include a public health grant increase in the Spending Review was branded ‘utterly incomprehensible’ by the UK’s most senior public health chief.

  • A dose of reality

    01 December 2020

    What will the main challenges be for the sector as local government gears up for a prominent role in new COVID-vaccination strategies? Ann McGauran talks to key figures about the task ahead.

  • Doubts raised over mass testing rollout

    30 November 2020

    Public health officials have questioned the feasibility and effectiveness of extending mass COVID-19 testing in tier three areas.

  • Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

    24 November 2020

    Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.

  • NHS lays out plan for working with councils on mass vaccination

    23 November 2020

    The NHS has started to detail its mass vaccination strategy, outlining how it expects to work with local government.

  • Building trust in test and trace

    10 November 2020

    David Nabarro of the World Health Organisation says local capacity is the ‘mainstay’ for finding and interrupting transmission. Here, Martin Ford puts councils’ approaches to testing and tracing under the spotlight.

  • National delays hold back local test and trace

    10 November 2020

    Local test and trace teams are facing week-long delays in receiving data from the national system.

  • The clock is ticking

    10 November 2020

    There is no path to economic recovery that does not involve controlling COVID-19, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy. She outlines what needs to be in the plan for the new response phase.

  • We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS

    06 November 2020

    The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.

  • Call for ‘beyond urgent’ test and trace improvement

    30 October 2020

    The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has said the national test and trace system has failed to live up to Government promises.

  • PM to give DPHs new tests for local outbreaks

    19 October 2020

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to give directors of public health (DPH) access to COVID tests to help with local outbreaks.

  • Take local people with you on COVID, says ADPH

    12 October 2020

    The need to take action ‘with, and through local people’ is at the heart of a 10-point blueprint from the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) to inform policy, practice and decision making on COVID-19.

  • Extra public health funding ‘essential’

    13 August 2020

    Councils need extra funding to carry out new responsibilities for the coronavirus test and trace system, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has said.

  • 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.