Casey launches fight against hunger
A coalition of councils and charities, headed by Dame Louise Casey, have launched a campaign to support food charities this winter.
Councils are the counterbalance
Priorities seem to have ‘become skewed by COVID-related policy-making on all sides of politics’, argues Claire Fox. This should mean that councils have an even more crucial role as a democratic counterbalance, she adds.
Councils welcome £170m COVID winter grant scheme
A new £170m COVID winter grant scheme will be distributed to councils to stop children going hungry during the second wave of the pandemic.
£63m hardship fund was not meant to pay for free school meals
The £63m ‘hardship fund’ ministers claim should be enough for councils to help hungry schoolkids was not designed to pay for free school meals.
Councils step in after government rejects Rashford campaign
Councils around the country have quickly stepped in after the Government voted against providing free school meals to families who need them over half-term.
Pulling children out of poverty
Poverty is not inevitable or ‘someone else’s problem’. President of the ADCS Jenny Coles looks at the future of the 200,000 more children who will face poverty in the wake of COVID-19.
Council moves after poverty report
Brent LBC will extend the use of its procurement powers to secure more good quality apprenticeships and social value from council contracts.
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.
More autonomy for councils is crucial
Brent’s independent Poverty Commission report recommends enhanced powers and finances for councils. Councils have earned their place, says Shazia Hussain.
Councils get faster data insights to boost their COVID-19 recovery
Policy in Practice has secured new funding from Innovate UK, meaning councils will now have access to real-time monthly updates on living standards, says Deven Ghelani. This lays the foundation for a data-led response to COVID-19 challenges, he adds.
Unequal chances: the poverty trap in Brent
Brent has one of the highest death rates from COVID-19. Cllr Eleanor Southwood hopes the work of the Poverty Commission will help improve lives.
Radical steps needed to tackle unemployment
Radical steps will be needed to reduce the depth of the labour market crisis, a think tank has said as the latest jobs figures were revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Call for £275m welfare assistance boost
A children’s charity has appealed for a reversal of cuts to funds for families facing financial hardship to avert a crisis following the coronavirus pandemic.
Haringey Together - Food insecurity and Covid-19
Sanjay Mackintosh outlines how the Haringey Together Food Hub set up in response to the pandemic has been a ‘humanitarian effort of epic proportions’ – representing local government at its best.
Working through the pandemic to protect children and families
A new report has identified the groups of children most likely to be at risk under lockdown. How are councils responding to need and have they got the resources to deliver?
What does a public health approach to childhood trauma look like?
Local government and agencies cannot tackle the deep-rooted problems arising from adverse childhood experiences on their own, says Donna Molloy.
Areas thought of as affluent also harbour inequality
Many places traditionally thought of as affluent feature highly on lists of the 20 most unequal areas in England, new approaches to measuring inequality have shown.
Bristol is the first city worldwide to adopt a Period-Friendly Places model
Cllr Helen Godwin explains how Bristol is tackling the issue of period poverty - becoming the world’s first city to adopt a Period-Friendly Places model.
The importance of an early start
With concerns of underfunding remaining in the childcare sector, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Rachel Dickinson outlines what she would like to see from future early years policies.
Private renters overspending £11bn a year on rent
Private renters in England are spending £11bn more a year on rent than they can afford, new research has shown.