Recognition for the work of our unspoken heroes
The lack of PPE for frontline care staff is utterly shameful, says Heather Jameson, but not the most shameful thing highlighted during the pandemic. The attacks on key council staff risking their own health to help others are disgraceful, she adds.
Asylum housing to be sourced outside of dispersal scheme
Asylum seekers could be housed in local authority areas that have not signed up to the dispersal scheme.
Keeping care going in a pandemic
We must use the adult social care sector’s 'magnificent' response to the coronavirus pandemic as categorical evidence as to how our future should be modelled and funded, says Dr Carol Tozer.
Care sector unprepared for coronavirus ‘struggle’
Emergency measures have not gone far enough to ready the social care sector for the impact of coronavirus, experts have warned.
LGA cancels annual conference in coronavirus crisis
The Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, it has been announced.
We will do everything we can to save lives
The national COVID-19 emergency is seeing the very best of our councils and our workforces and we have a ‘unique and vital role to play’, says Martin Swales.
Pulling together to help those in need
Jacqui Gedman tells Dan Peters that Kirkless MBC is up to the challenge of COVID-19, but it is ‘much bigger than the council – it’s a real community effort’.
Public health funding boosted almost 5%
Councils will receive public health grants totalling £3.3bn next year, the Government has announced.
Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls
May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.
LGA chairman self-isolating due to coronavirus
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Cllr James Jamieson, is self-isolating after being exposed to coronavirus.
A tough balancing act for councils
Managing and mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on local communities poses a huge challenge for councils, but it’s one they’ve been planning for. Naomi Larsson reports.
Government 'obsession with ownership' hampers council housebuilding
Calls for the reform of Right to Buy have been reinforced by research claiming social housing pressures are hampering efforts to tackle homelessness.
Bond issue a ‘grown-up moment’ for councils
The issuing of the first bond by the UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) is a 'grown-up moment for local authorities,’ former chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Merrick Cockell, has said.
Government warned of coronavirus impact on council resources
Council officers are working ‘round-the-clock’ in the battle against the spread of COVID-19.
Tackling the high street challenge head-on
The latest Local Government Association high streets leadership programme highlighted how councils are beginning to plan for a future that is no longer dominated by retail, says Matt Baker.
Public backs tourism tax
More than half of people think councils should have the power to levy a tourism tax, a new survey has found.
Government seeks clampdown on independent accommodation for children
Proposals to ban the use of independent accommodation for younger children in care have been met with caution from councils.
Government activates emergency Bellwin scheme for storm-hit areas
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has today activated the emergency Bellwin scheme for areas in the North of England affected by storm Ciara.
Councils threat to Grenfell firms
Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Local government prepares for planning battle
Battle lines are being drawn ahead of a proposed overhaul of the planning system.