• Ministers promise radical reform after child deaths review

    25 May 2022

    Ministers have promised radical improvements to data sharing across children’s services after two critical reports this week identified problems that led to child deaths.

  • Future Forum: Funding gap could grow by up to £2bn

    13 May 2022

    The funding gap facing the sector could grow by up to £2bn over the Spending Review period, the deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • Will new Levelling Up Fund round repeat ‘beauty contest’?

    12 May 2022

    Dr Nicola Headlam says the Government may have renewed its commitment to empower local leaders but as yet the reality does not match the rhetoric on funding for local growth.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Refugee funding to depend on data returns

    03 May 2022

    The Government will not provide funding to councils to support refugees arriving under the Homes for Ukraine scheme if they fail to supply timely data.

  • Putting people first

    26 April 2022

    At a time when innovation and behaviour change are needed, a number of barriers are making it harder for councils to play a strategic role within system-wide partnerships to improve health outcomes. Ann McGauran reports.

  • The art of the possible in Shropshire

    20 April 2022

    As we move to post-pandemic recovery, Andy Begley reflects on how COVID has impacted on a host of Shropshire Council’s relationships, beyond the obvious ones with people and organisations

  • Using data to face the poverty crisis head-on

    12 April 2022

    New analysis by Policy in Practice highlights that a million more people are expected to fall into poverty this April, says Mary-Alice Doyle. But the work also shows the potential for councils to unlock the power of their data.

  • Levelling up: the digital challenge

    12 April 2022

    The MJ and BT recently held a round table debate with nine leading council chief executives from the Midlands and the North to debate the challenges and opportunities from the digital revolution. Michael Burton reports.

  • Wandsworth launches review after email data breach

    22 March 2022

    Wandsworth LBC is reviewing its policies and procedures after human error saw 45,000 emails with residents’ names and addresses sent to the wrong people.

  • Councils to step in if 'Homes for Ukraine' fails

    21 March 2022

    Under guidance newly published by the Government, statutory homelessness duties will apply to refugees if relations with sponsors break down, leaving councils to pick up the pieces.

  • Concerns over refugee data

    16 March 2022

    Concerns have been raised over the sharing of data on refugees arriving from war-torn Ukraine.

  • Census delay could hit finance reforms

    11 March 2022

    A delay to the publication of the first results from last year’s census could hit local government finance reforms.

  • How digital technology transformed care in Enfield

    08 March 2022

    Enfield is using data to understand people’s lives like never before and helping to transform and evolve adult social care practice to deliver the best outcomes. Kerry Gumble explains.

  • Ethnicity data: a vital tool for health

    02 March 2022

    It’s time to take a closer look at how ethnicity is recorded, so that the data can help address the persistent health inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, says Tracey Bignall.

  • Working group to be formed on council data requests

    28 February 2022

    The Government is to form a working group to understand what data it is ‘feasible’ for councils to report to Whitehall more frequently.

  • 'Wicked questions' need resolving on health and care integration

    16 February 2022

    The integration White Paper will help move the NHS towards a new partnership with local government but ‘wicked questions’ still need resolving, the Health Devolution Commission (HDC) has said.

  • It’s time for local leaders to unleash their creativity on levelling up

    09 February 2022

    The lack of a central roadmap in the Levelling Up White Paper offers a unique opportunity to local leaders, Georgina Cox and Marc Kidson of PA Consulting.

  • Show us the money

    09 February 2022

    The Government’s levelling up ambitions are welcome but will need substantial long-term funding if they truly are to succeed, says chair of Key Cities Cllr John Merry.

  • What a data-driven Levelling Up White Paper could have looked like

    09 February 2022

    Dr Nicola Headlam considers what the Levelling Up White Paper might have looked like if it had been driven by data, using the kind of insights digital technologies have made available.

  • Public data is the water to quench our thirst for levelling up

    07 February 2022

    Local areas can benefit from harnessing and crunching unstructured, anonymised public data from the web and social media, says Keren Pakes.