Casting light on a dark problem

Casting light on a dark problem
By Ann McGauran | November 26, 2020

An innovative integrated approach to tackling drug-related harm in Blackpool is achieving promising early results – but significant challenges remain on funding, commissioning cycles and data. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Green revolution or missed opportunity?

    By Heather Jameson | November 24, 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.

  • Hackney shifts the dial on contact tracing

    By Ann McGauran | November 23, 2020

    Cllr Chris Kennedy talks to Ann McGauran about the highlights and challenges of Hackney LBC’s  local coronavirus contact tracing service and how it works alongside the national approach.

  • How to cut debt and fund our social care

    By Michael Burton | November 17, 2020

    A flat-rate health and social care levy to raise £17bn was a centrepiece of a new study last week. Michael Burton looks at the figures and reports from a webinar on the public finances with ex-chancellor Philip Hammond.

  • No easy way out

    By Dan Peters | November 16, 2020

    The pandemic is just the latest in a long list of pressures that have pushed Croydon LBC to the edge and led to the publication of  a Section 114 report last week, writes Dan Peters.


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