• The new ECA could be the good press debt collection desperately needs

    09 August 2021

    Alan Hamblett discusses the introduction of the Enforcement Conduct Authority (ECA) and what this means for creditors including local authorities.

  • The value of putting local welfare cash provision first

    02 August 2021

    Gareth Evans looks at the evidence around cash first approaches to local welfare provision and asks if it delivers better outcomes for beneficiaries and greater ‘bang for scarce council bucks’.

  • The simple fact is that reading matters

    28 July 2021

    Diana Gerald, CEO of children’s reading charity BookTrust, explains plans to pilot a new, national library experience called BookTrust Storytime in the Autumn, developed in partnership with libraries and local authorities.

  • Government should 'dig deep' to cut child poverty, says Commission

    20 July 2021

    The Government should ‘dig deep’ by investing £14bn to help reduce child poverty and improve social mobility says a report from the independent Social Mobility Commission.

  • Together we can tackle child poverty

    07 July 2021

    North of Tyne Combined Authority is developing a two-year £875,000 Child Poverty Prevention programme. Cllr Karen Kilgour says a fair chance in life, with opportunity and security, should be every child’s destiny.

  • Is levelling up just a soundbite?

    30 June 2021

    A poll has named tackling homelessness, poverty, crime and unemployment as priorities for levelling up. But Dan Corry says these are not the problems ‘a new building or bridge or a tarted-up high street can solve’.

  • Why digital inclusion isn’t IT’s problem

    23 June 2021

    Capita outlines five ways to make digital inclusion a reality.

  • Income gap widest in deprived areas

    25 May 2021

    The Office for National Statistics found the most deprived council areas have the biggest disparity between the wealthiest and poorest neighbourhoods.

  • 'Alarming' rise in child poverty in North East

    19 May 2021

    Research has found the top 10 local authority areas with the greatest increase in child poverty were all in the North East of England.

  • Powell becomes shadow housing secretary in mini-reshuffle

    10 May 2021

    Labour leader Keir Starmer has replaced his shadow housing secretary and brought in a high-flyer as shadow child poverty minister as part of a mini-reshuffle.

  • A sense of hope for the future

    20 April 2021

    The new president of the ADCS Charlotte Ramsden talks to Ann McGauran about her aim of making this the ‘year of resetting our ambition for children and young people in this country’.

  • Casey launches fight against hunger

    08 December 2020

    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

    16 November 2020

    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

    09 November 2020

    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

    27 October 2020

    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

    23 October 2020

    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

    06 October 2020

    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

    10 September 2020

    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

    07 September 2020

    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

    25 August 2020

    Brent’s independent Poverty Commission report recommends enhanced powers and finances for councils. Councils have earned their place, says Shazia Hussain.