Government to impose new air pollution targets
The Government will increase funding to local authorities and impose new legal targets on air pollution in a bid to prevent further deaths.
McArdle to replace Wilkins in COVID role
Former Lincolnshire CC chief executive Tony McArdle will take over as director of contain at the Department of Health and Social Care’s test and trace service.
LGA questions funding to tackle COVID-19 surges
Councils have voiced concern over funding to tackle COVID-19 in areas hit by the Delta variant.
Councils call for procurement freedom
Removal of red tape during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what can be done, officers have told the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Call for 'urgent review' of quarantine hotels amid outbreaks
Reading Council has called for an ‘urgent review of COVID safety protocols’ at government-run traveller quarantine hotels across the country amid coronavirus outbreaks.
Councils demand 'urgent' increase in vaccine supply
Councils have warned the Government ‘inadequate and uncertain supplies’ of jabs are holding back vaccination efforts.
How Lambeth is winning the contact tracing war
In March, Lambeth LBC became a Local Zero COVID-19 contact tracing pilot, putting the borough in a strong position to manage ongoing risks, as Ruth Hutt explains.
Successful leadership – top five emerging themes
Jes Ladva at Odgers Interim gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future.
Unpicking the pilots
The Government’s quick reversal of its stay local guidance in new variant surge areas has led to calls for clear messaging from the centre, says Paul Marinko. He also looks at the rationale behind pilot initiatives to enhance self-isolation rates.
Central Government must get its house in order
As local authorities battle with COVID and a clutch of other crises – all with no long-term funding clarity – Government is distracted with a mixture of the big picture and the trivial, says Heather Jameson.
Sector calls for closer working after COVID confusion
The Government has been told it must work more closely with local authorities to successfully emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID dogmatism helps nobody
The next stage of the UK COVID strategy will be more challenging, but ‘waiting for a perfect answer before acting can kill,’ warns Jim McManus.
Localism is important to the electorate
Janice Morphet looks at the electoral response to the management of the pandemic in England, and considers what the results mean for future devolution.
Government has no time to waste wondering what councils are for
Whether cock-up or conspiracy, the apparent failure of the Government to let a number of councils know their areas were subject to restrictions guidance is yet another example of the blatant disregard for local government, says Heather Jameson.
COVID-19 travel advice a ‘recipe for confusion’
Councils say they were left in the dark over Government advice warning against travelling to areas hit by the Indian coronavirus variant.
Bassetlaw Council holds a COVID safe AGM
Bassetlaw DC not only met safely in public for its AGM, it also elected the UK’s youngest chair of a district council, says Cllr Simon Greaves.
Computer glitch held back local contact tracing
Software error in the national system has delayed councils in tracing hundreds of potential COVID-19 contacts.
Community resilience: preventing the breakdown
Governments must change the post-pandemic narrative to avoid community breakdown, says a public health expert. Ann McGauran reports.
Council leader warns of local lockdown ‘unrest’
The leader of Bolton MBC has warned of the possible consequences should local lockdowns return.
Can the centre learn the lessons of lockdown in time?
Despite the Prime Minister’s latest protestations that we are right on track for the roadmap, the 21 June is starting to feel like an impossible dream, says Heather Jameson.