Joining the dots

Joining the dots
October 24, 2021

Ahead of COP26, the Government has published its route map for reaching net zero emissions, but is it ambitious enough and what does it mean for local government? Ann McGauran reports.

  • The power of quiet diplomacy

    By Martin Ford | October 20, 2021

    Outgoing chair of the District Councils’ Network, Cllr John Fuller, talks to Martin Ford about his legacy. He says districts showed their mettle during COVID and are best placed to deliver the levelling up agenda.

  • Living in limbo

    By Naomi Larsson | October 20, 2021

    As delays in confirming the successful bids for Community Renewal Fund cash drag on and councils remain in the dark about the upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund, local government leaders are running out of patience. Naomi Larsson reports.

  • Letting the poppies bloom

    By Heather Jameson | October 13, 2021

    Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.

  • Leading the warriors out of COVID

    By Martin Ford | October 13, 2021

    Jim McManus talks to Martin Ford about the impact of the COVID crisis on directors of public health and says we need to take the opportunity to learn the lessons of the pandemic so that we are ready in the future.


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