• Stoke-on-Trent is the litmus test for levelling up

    26 February 2021

    Connectivity, growth and productivity are the three words at the heart of the priorities running through the new city prospectus for Stoke-on-Trent, says Cllr Abi Brown.

  • We need to better capture the impact of community power

    23 February 2021

    New Local's latest report forensically and persuasively shows community power works, and now we need to measure it better, says Luca Tiratelli.

  • Surge testing - Winning hearts and minds in Walsall

    23 February 2021

    Community engagement and reassurance was the overarching approach to Walsall MBC’s rapid roll-out of surge testing, says Stephen Gunther.

  • Bright future for Britain’s Jurassic Coast

    22 February 2021

    Dorset Council is leading a consortium of local, national and international partners delivering the £7m 5G RuralDorset project. Matt Prosser explains why the new unitary authority is involved, and outlines the potential benefits.

  • Putting the power into place

    22 February 2021

    The past year has highlighted inequalities and exposed the inadequacy of centralisation while councils are dealing with a threadbare funding system. Cllr Georgia Gould and Baroness Judith Blake say funding and powers for places could make it better.

  • Making things better

    22 February 2021

    If we had more time to step back and think, and less pressure, what would we be building and how would it be better? Professor Donna Hall asks the question.

  • Getting communities back onside

    17 February 2021

    Grassroots football may be on a necessary pause, but that has not stopped Sunderland creating three of the best community hubs for the sport in England, says Patrick Melia

  • Creating adaptive leadership in Greater Manchester  

    15 February 2021

    Greater Manchester needs courageous leaders to ‘design forward differently’, says David Jackson of the Innovation Unit.

  • Let’s digitise local democracy in civil, safe and productive ways

    12 February 2021

    If the Handforth Parish Council video proved anything, it’s the need to digitise democracy, say Wietse Van Ransbeeck and Lora Botev.

  • Throwing out ‘business as usual’

    08 February 2021

    Innovation Unit’s Seb Chapleau outlines how Greater Manchester plans to keep new and nimble ways of working post-COVID.

  • Put people first

    03 February 2021

    The future of care and support must be built around our homes and in our communities, writes Stephen Chandler.

  • Tackling mistrust about vaccines

    02 February 2021

    Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.

  • An imperfect storm

    02 February 2021

    Social vulnerability must be fully included as COVID-19 isolation support is reviewed, so councils can build on the local arrangements already in place and meet their communities’ needs, says Alice Wiseman.

  • Extremist fears over vaccine myths

    02 February 2021

    Far-right extremists are feared to be behind the circulation of coronavirus vaccine myths on social media, a director of public health has warned.

  • The light in COVID-19’s shade

    27 January 2021

    New Local’s latest report identifies the approaches that helped local areas manage the first lockdown. Community-led action works and must be sustained, says Charlotte Morgan.

  • How COVID confirmed Greater Manchester’s focus on people not programmes

    21 January 2021

    Daisy Carter outlines how the citizen experience across Greater Manchester changed during COVID and shows the impact of ‘doing things quite differently’.

  • When a digital community is the answer

    18 January 2021

    Kathy Kyle Bonomini outlines how she and her team have created a free community platform and social media channels to enable groups to collaborate on high street rejuvenation.

  • Learning from innovation in a crisis: Greater Manchester

    14 January 2021

    The disruption of COVID has given Greater Manchester the chance to ‘design back differently,’ say David Jackson and Julie Temperley of the Innovation Unit.

  • 'Hypersensitivity' on data sharing needs to be overcome

    14 January 2021

    Solace’s digital leadership chief says data-sharing is ‘about how we save lives’, and 'hypersensitivity' within the sector about the risks involved needs to be overcome.

  • Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

    13 January 2021

    Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.