Getting on the grid
Amid the cost of living crisis and the move towards net zero, Jonathan Werran calls on the Government to address the 1.1 million homes that live off the gas grid
Grasping the spirit of Chamberlain
After 150 years, local government is still talking about former Birmingham mayor Joseph Chamberlain. As we approach the annual Chamberlain lecture, we asked some of the current council leaders, what will their legacy be?
Actions speak louder than words
Ross Mudie and Annabel Smith argue that plunging yet more people into hardship will lead to a rise in deprivation within the places most in need of levelling up – and make achieving several of the Government’s levelling up missions unfeasible.
Government needs to commit to reducing energy consumption
Neil Marshall argues that reducing consumption is the only sure-fire way of tackling an energy crisis, and local government can help with this challenge.
The cost of living crisis needs a strong locally-led response
We need to use more collective imagination to build a more adaptive and empowered local state that can work in new ways with people to respond to current crises, says Jessica Studdert.
The energy crisis: what can councils do to protect their communities?
The Government continues to shy away from the investment needed to improve the energy efficiency of housing, but Green Doctors can still help people navigate the crisis, says Fay Holland.
Pushing on for community power
The Government has ‘disabled communities and then blamed them for their own inability to prosper’, according to Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner. Ann McGauran reports from this week’s Stronger Things event.
Assume the brace position
The real impact of the cost of living crisis is yet to really unfold and, as for council finances, we probably need to brace ourselves for a tough few years, says Chris Tambini.
Government needs to 'get a grip' on council tax rebate, says Betts
The Government needs to ‘get a grip’ on the council tax rebate scheme, the chair of the levelling up select committee has said.
Future Forum North: local government still lacks a plan for delivering sustainability
Local government still lacks both a plan for delivering sustainability and a way of measuring the impact of investment, says a Northern council director.
Help is at hand in Calderdale
Calderdale Council is offering a broad range of help to residents being hit by the cost of living crisis, says Cllr Tim Swift.
No green shoots from the Spring Statement
Sarah Longlands says that Westminster may be retreating to a pre-COVID state of policy inertia on the cost of living crisis, but there is no reason why local government should follow.
Will the current crises put paid to levelling up?
Local government is used to complexity, but what does the current crop of crises do for the domestic agenda, asks Heather Jameson - and just where are we now when it comes to levelling up?
Investing in infrastructure is key to turning the tide on inequalities
The Government needs to act to ensure pre-existing inequalities don't worsen, says Rob Whiteman. Investing in infrastructure is a good place to start.
Supporting residents through the cost of living crisis
In the face of a looming cost of living crisis, 'district councils in particular are putting all hands on deck to steer our communities through the storm we’re confronted with', says chairman of the District Councils' Network Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.
I crave the days when our annual financial cycle was just that
Tracy Bingham realises the world of finance directors and their work is only going to get more uncertain and complex.
Integrated care systems are the ideal way of levelling up
Rob Webster outlines the scale of the health and social care levelling up challenge in West Yorkshire and why his large integrated care system is the ideal vehicle for tackling the issue.
End of an era for energy firms?
With the high profile demise of a series of local authority-owned energy firms, Martin Ford asks if it is the end of councils dipping their toes in the energy markets or if a spark of life still remains.
Universal Credit would be better delivery vehicle for energy bills support
Universal Credit has the data on those likely to need support with energy bills and would be a more effective way to target the £150 council tax rebate, says Deven Ghelani.
Delay warning on energy bill support
The Government has been warned an ‘enormous’ number of council tax payers not using direct debit will delay handing out the £150 council tax rebate.