• Supporting communities together

    25 March 2024

    Genuine collaboration between housing associations and councils can help them meet their combined ambitions for communities and neighbourhoods, says Felicity Hunt.

  • Tackling poverty in the North of Tyne: A combined approach

    15 March 2024

    Patience has been key to a North of Tyne Combined Authority programme addressing child poverty, including both the underlying issues and the ‘here and now’ symptoms, says Adrian Dougherty.

  • The impact of ending the Household Support Fund would be disastrous

    28 February 2024

    The Household Support Fund is a crucial way for councils to help residents with the costs of living and should be top priority in the upcoming Budget, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • Better food policies for councils’ menus

    27 February 2024

    Ahead of the local elections in May, and in the context of a council funding crisis, Sofia Parente looks at the levers candidates can use to ensure better food policies are priorities.

  • This is not a slow burning threat

    05 February 2024

    We urgently need the Government to develop a national strategy to tackle the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, says John Pearce.

  • Plan to fight poverty

    05 February 2024

    Adrian Dougherty sets out lessons from a joined-up approach to addressing child poverty at North of Tyne Combined Authority.

  • Millions would need to double income to escape poverty, report warns

    23 January 2024

    Six million people in the UK would need to more than double their income just to escape poverty, a new report has found.

  • Local leaders need the tools to implement systemic solutions

    11 December 2023

    Devolution of council tax and business rates, coupled with central Government infrastructure investment to underpin growth, would give local leaders the ability to genuinely invest in their cities’ futures, says Claire Kober.

  • How can councils protect health in the face of financial strain?  

    07 December 2023

    Jennie Leggat highlights the impacts of local government underfunding on people’s health and how using Health Impact Assessment could help minimise these.

  • Santa or the Grinch? No quick fix for fail finances

    29 November 2023

    Heather Jameson says: 'It all comes back to the same issues over and again for local government. The funding system is fundamentally broken.'

  • Fulfilling a crucial role for children

    27 November 2023

    As directors of children’s services prepare to attend the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Ann McGauran assesses the challenges and rewards of this important role

  • Autumn Statement: end of Household Support Fund leaves gaping hole

    25 November 2023

    The Household Support Fund is an essential safety net for families in crisis – removing it means there is nothing to break their fall, says chief executive of Barnardo's Lynn Perry MBE.

  • Cutting through the stigma

    08 November 2023

    Amanda Hill-Dixon gives her analysis of the findings of a report into poverty and social exclusion.

  • Seven in 10 councils struggling amid cost of living crisis

    03 October 2023

    Seven in 10 councils are struggling to support people hit by the cost of living crisis, according to new research published today.

  • Centralisation is not a cosy cocoon

    27 September 2023

    When Detroit went bust it seemed to prove the riskiness of local self-government, says Jessica Studdert. But Birmingham going into effective bankruptcy 'should end any naive assumptions the Whitehall model provides anything like a safety net'.

  • Government expected to fail to meet rough sleeping target

    25 September 2023

    The Government will fail to meet its target to end rough sleeping because of a ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing and support services, experts have warned.

  • Celebrating positive action on health

    18 September 2023

    St Helens BC’s drive and adaptability in addressing feedback from the community made it a worthy winner at The MJ Awards, say Katherine Merrifield and Gwen Nightingale.

  • Using the past to shape our future

    11 September 2023

    The UK’s youngest city has provided many important historical examples of civic leadership and pioneering spirit, and as Kersten England explains, continuing this legacy and maintaining a modern shared vision is a responsibility Bradford welcomes.

  • Can we refocus on public service reform now?

    05 September 2023

    Part of the challenge for governments in tackling poverty is to enable everyone to work together to do their bit - and many of the levers needed to support a family or individual out of poverty sit at the local level, says Andrew Laird.

  • Is basic income the answer?

    05 September 2023

    As chief executives gather for the annual Solace Wales conference, Amanda Hill-Dixon looks at the Welsh Government’s experiment with universal basic income and what it could do to alleviate the cost of living crisis.