Two Scots councils set for level four
Two Scottish local authority areas are in line for a new severe level four lockdown according to a letter from the Scottish government to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Give local leaders a ‘levelling up’ role
Zoe Billingham and Charlotte Alldritt say inequality within regions is rife across the UK. Here, they put forward a strategy to address this– but they say that ‘with greater devolution must also come greater accountability’.
Bracing for the ASB challenge
Rebecca Bryant says the rise in anti-social behaviour since the start of COVID-19 restrictions must be addressed – but the tools to tackle it head-on ‘are available at our fingertips’.
LGA chief says COVID response was hampered by 'disregard' for local government
A future inquiry into the handling of the pandemic will find the ‘relative disregard for local government’ hampered the response, the Local Government Association chief executive has claimed.
The challenge of health devolution in London
Dick Sorabji, deputy chief executive of London Councils, charts the progress of health devolution in the capital and considers the next steps forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Five ways the cloud can safeguard our NHS
Steve Haines, Managing Director, PSC Health & Care, Civica, discusses the impact of rising cyber attacks and shows five ways the cloud offers the NHS more peace of mind
PM pledges extra £1bn for local government amid three-tier system
Boris Johnson has announced a further £1bn in funding for local government as the country heads into the second wave of COVID-19.
Digitising the front door to care
A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.
Take local people with you on COVID, says ADPH
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.
Leaders still left out of lockdown talks as PM plans three-tier restrictions
Government’s commitment to engaging with local leaders over their COVID strategy has failed to halt repeated reports of councils finding out their fate through media reports.
Don't let the NHS follow care into crisis, warns Hopson
The Government has driven social care into crisis by failing to fund it properly, and the NHS must not face the same fate, health expert Chris Hopson has said.
Data to face the dangers ahead
To avoid making the same mistakes in adult social care, we need to use data intelligently to plan for further waves of COVID-19, say Naheed Chaudhry and Ewan King.
Forbes hits out at Hancock over COVID rules
Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has hit out at the Government for announcing the latest COVID restrictions in the North East without telling the councils involved.
Future Forum: Raising public awareness of social care is critical
Raising public awareness of the importance of social care is a crucial next step to delivering longer-term reform and redefinition of the system, say sector experts.
‘Let’s place our trust in the local’, urges Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today urged the Government to follow the clergy’s historic commitment to ‘localism’ rather than ‘determining the daily details of our lives’.
How do we get safe track and trace?
Councils’ work to keep communities safe in the months ahead will be remembered, says Pascale Robinson – 'and it will be clear in the years to come who called for a safe, locally led track and trace'.
Social care directors ‘envious’ of NHS
A representative of local government social care directors has told MPs they view better-resourced health counterparts with ‘envy’.
COVID-19: A lesson from Italy
Dr Arianna Giovannini says that while Italy's approach to tackling COVID-19 is not perfect, its model 'can have a much more positive effect on policy decisions and crisis management than centralised, place-blind responses'.
Councils plead for further devolution
Local authorities require more devolved powers to drive improvements in health and social care, MPs have been told.
Tackling inequalities is everyone’s business in Birmingham
Tomorrow’s report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet makes it clear that tackling inequalities is everyone’s battle and everyone’s business, says Cllr John Cotton.