• Communities and councils need the power to act locally on unemployment

    17 December 2020

    We need to give local authorities the power and the means to tackle unemployment rates at a community level, says Vidhya Alakeson.

  • Community-led skills devo should be the way forward

    02 December 2020

    A more comprehensive and community-led approach to devolution would enable skills strategies and local services to be joined up more effectively, says Charlotte Morgan.

  • The learning never stops

    25 November 2020

    Drawing on feedback from Solace’s recent development programmes and events, Jessica Mullinger assesses the advantages and disadvantages to both live and virtual settings as we look at different ways of learning due to the pandemic.

  • Green revolution or missed opportunity?

    24 November 2020

    Local government insiders tell Heather Jameson that the Government’s 10-point action plan for tackling climate change isn’t ambitious enough either in terms of the scale of the vision or about what role councils should play.

  • Five steps to delivering local green retrofit skills

    12 November 2020

    A zero carbon Britain by 2050 depends on creating new green jobs across the construction sector. Councils need to take action now to make sure communities have the skills required, says  Cara Jenkinson.

  • A radical case for change to employment support

    03 November 2020

    Let local areas – not the Department for Work and Pensions – provide better support for people facing barriers to work, argues Pawda Tjoa

  • Give local leaders a ‘levelling up’ role

    26 October 2020

    Zoe Billingham and Charlotte Alldritt say inequality within regions is rife across the UK. Here, they put forward a strategy to address this– but they say that ‘with greater devolution must also come greater accountability’.

  • We’re upping councils’ data game

    26 October 2020

    Social Finance is working with partners to design a sector-led data science apprenticeship programme, starting with children’s services. Celine Gross outlines the aims and the approach.

  • Rebooting our sector

    06 October 2020

    Solace’s week of virtual learning Reflect.Reset.Re-imagine has begun. Here, three Solace spokespeople set the scene by looking at the profound impact of COVID-19 on the sector and local communities, and what lies ahead.

  • ‘Devolve to Resolve’ the jobs and skills challenge

    29 September 2020

    Powers and budgets for post-16 employment and skills development policy should be unconditionally devolved to combined and local authorities to allow for targeted interventions, says Charlotte Morgan.

  • Supporting young workers with SEND through the crisis

    25 September 2020

    Claire Cookson discusses how young people with learning disabilities have stepped into key worker roles for councils during the pandemic, and how the period can act as a springboard for more fairness and equality.

  • Staring into the jobs abyss

    22 September 2020

    With the furlough scheme due to finish at the end of next month, can local government support COVID-hit local economies and residents left without work? Ann McGauran talks to sector experts.

  • Redundancy notifications at more than double levels of last recession

    15 September 2020

    Redundancy notifications are running at more than double the levels seen in the 2008/09 recession, with the vast majority caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

  • Booting up for a new career in coding

    08 September 2020

    Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street explains how coding bootcamps are helping learners from the West Midlands to start exciting new careers in technology.

  • Working through a crisis

    10 August 2020

    As one of the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, Lancashire is taking steps to ensure its communities emerge better prepared for future challenges, writes Stephen Young.

  • To the moon and back

    30 July 2020

    The model for getting a man on the moon is a good one for the post COVID world of local government, even if councils don’t have the same open-ended budget, says Blair McPherson.

  • Our plan to aid economic recovery by reimagining Waltham Forest’s future

    16 July 2020

    Martin Esom says Waltham Forest’s Economic Recovery Action Plan is built around three key phases – and the ambitious plans for housing will not fall by the wayside.

  • Seeking a ray of fiscal hope

    14 July 2020

    Sector experts say the chancellor’s summer statement may ease some pressures on local economies, but does not offer councils any more on funding. Heather Jameson gauges the reaction.

  • This is a partial kickstart at best

    14 July 2020

    Tom Stannard says that while the Kickstart job creation scheme is welcome, an inclusive all-ages progression strategy for both young people and working age adults is vital .

  • Councils at a crossroads: Local government in a post-COVID world

    09 July 2020

    Looking beyond the pandemic, Nazeya Hussain and other contributors put forward the case for a new local economy and a new trust-based relationship between national, regional and local government.