‘Let’s place our trust in the local’, urges Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today urged the Government to follow the clergy’s historic commitment to ‘localism’ rather than ‘determining the daily details of our lives’.
Occupancy rates unsustainable in 26 Bradford care homes, says care chief
Occupancy rates are unsustainable in 26 care homes in Bradford, with people ‘genuinely worried’ about the risk of further virus outbreaks, says the council’s social care chief.
Time 'lost' when centre and local at odds over COVID
Effective global responses to COVID-19 depend on local leadership as the 'critical convenor' and time is lost when national and local authorities are ‘at odds with each other’, according to international policy experts.
Redundancy notifications at more than double levels of last recession
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.
New gatherings limit welcomed by director
The Government’s decision to tighten English laws to ban nearly all gatherings of more than six people has been welcomed by a public health director.
DCN: Bigger local government is ‘not better or cheaper’
Proposals for county unitary councils would be 122 times larger than the average council in Germany, a new report by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) warns today.
Regulators refusing to make care home deaths public
Regulators are keeping the COVID-19 death tolls at individual care homes secret in part to protect the interests of providers before a possible second spike in coronavirus cases, it is revealed.
Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure
Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).
Minister responds to Blackburn MP's call for extra lockdown funding
Local government minister Simon Clarke has responded to an MP’s letter calling for additional funding to support businesses in Blackburn hit by the delay in lifting some COVID-19 measures.
MPs call for 'urgent and targeted' support to avoid 'blunt' lockdown
Three MPs have written to health secretary Matt Hancock calling for ‘urgent and targeted support’ to address the surge in coronavirus cases in Oldham and avoid the need for a harder lockdown.
Ofsted to visit councils and children’s social care providers
Ofsted will resume its visits to local authorities and children's social care providers from September, but these will result in a set of findings rather than a graded judgement.
Delivering a recovery that works for children
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children hosted a virtual event looking at the action needed to support children, young people and families to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Ann McGauran reports.
NLGN report offers four ways for mobilising mutual aid
Four strategies for rapidly mobilising local mutual aid groups to ensure the most vulnerable have what they need to get through the pandemic are outlined in a new report from the NLGN.
At the sharp end of Scottish scrutiny
The chair of Scotland’s public spending watchdog for councils steps down this month. Graham Sharp talks to Ann McGauran about his legacy and says the challenges have never been greater.
Head of 'test and trace' raises concerns about lack of support for low paid
Concerns over the lack of support for people who need to take time off work to self-isolate but are unable to claim statutory sick pay have been raised by the head of the ‘test and trace’ programme in England.
Call for clarity on social care testing and data
Systems for accessing COVID-19 testing data for care homes and the provision of tests in other settings have come under fire from providers and a council.
NHS to fund six weeks of care to support people at home
The NHS is to use part of its £3bn winter pressures cash to support people at home for a six-week recovery and rehabilitation period, it has emerged.
Closing the gap
Jenny Coles, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, gives Ann McGauran a realistic picture of how local government will need to work to overcome the challenges faced by many children and families post-COVID.
Leicester should be 'klaxon warning' to councils
The example of Leicester should be a ‘klaxon warning’ to councils that government ‘will not hesitate to scapegoat municipalities wherever and whenever it suits’, according to an academic.
Blackburn with Darwen could lockdown as ‘a very last resort’
Blackburn with Darwen has replaced Leicester as England’s new coronavirus hotspot and could now face a local lockdown, 'as a very very last resort'.