• Rising to the back-to-school challenge

    14 September 2020

    Newham is anticipating an increase in demand for services as schools return, says Tim Aldridge, and COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on existing inequalities.

  • We must rapidly improve Test and Trace

    08 September 2020

    If we want to prevent more avoidable mortality in a second pandemic wave this winter ‘we are going to have to rapidly improve the way the system works’, says Dominic Harrison.

  • Dream team

    08 September 2020

    The introduction of a Community Wealth Fund would support the most ‘left behind’ wards in Sunderland and across England and build on some of the work the council is already doing to devolve power and resources to communities, says Cllr Paul Stewart.

  • Tackling inequalities is everyone’s business in Birmingham

    07 September 2020

    Tomorrow’s report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet makes it clear that tackling inequalities is everyone’s battle and everyone’s business, says Cllr John Cotton.

  • Reform of Public Health England is a future of work question

    03 September 2020

    Local areas should be ‘empowered and equipped to respond to the more familiar and endogenous drivers of health inequalities’ including access to good work, says Dr Abigail Gilbert.

  • Data drives aid for vulnerable communities

    30 August 2020

    Liz Harrison looks at the evolving data model being used by Hackney LBC to help direct its efforts to support the most vulnerable through the pandemic.

  • Rebuilding Redbridge

    28 July 2020

    Redbridge LBC is one of the areas likely to be hit with the double whammy of a high impact from COVID-19 and low resilience, says a report from the Social Market Foundation. Heather Jameson reports.

  • We need to talk about this emergency and others to come

    27 July 2020

    As we move into the next phases of the COVID-19 response, the Red Cross's Norman McKinley looks at lessons learnt, and how to make sure access to food is central to emergency planning.

  • The very big and the very small

    24 July 2020

    Chief executive of Shared Lives Plus Alex Fox outlines three ways we might move from thinking big to thinking small as the crisis moves into its ‘new normal’ phase.

  • Leicester’s Politicised Lockdown: A warning to local government

    21 July 2020

    Jonathan S. Davies says government's 'failure to admit responsibility for the sweatshops, whilst indulging in racialised smears' is both 'a malicious attack on Britain’s leading multicultural city' and a threat to the fight against COVID-19.

  • Let’s talk about difference and inequality

    14 July 2020

    Sarah Newman looks at the impact of the crisis on disadvantaged families including those from BAME communities – and shows how the systemic practice model can make constructive conversations possible.

  • 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.

  • Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'

    07 July 2020

    Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

  • Getting ahead of the curve

    30 June 2020

    How can COVID-19 testing and tracing best harness the experience and expertise of councils, and how ready is local government for the next phase of easing lockdown? Ann McGauran reports.

  • How can construction deliver more value to support left-behind communities?

    30 June 2020

    Chair of the Institute of Economic Development Bev Hurley puts forward five recommendations to ensure construction can deliver more value to support left-behind communities.

  • England’s first community COVID-19 testing site opens in one of the worst hit areas

    25 June 2020

    Brent is the first place in the country to open a local testing site designed around the needs of the community. Dr Melanie Smith explains why the location in the heart of Harlesden was so key.

  • Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

    24 June 2020

    Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.

  • COVID-19: Saving lives in the second wave

    23 June 2020

    Dominic Harrison says a ‘COVID-19 Second Wave Ready Community Fund’ is required. If allocated now, it would 'reduce future avoidable hospital admissions, prolong life, reduce NHS costs and promote equal life chances for all'.

  • Redefining the geography of levelling up

    19 June 2020

    The Red Wall of traditionally Labour-voting areas are not the only places that need support, says Rosie Stock Jones. Many of the most vulnerable communities are also in London and the South East.

  • Racism raises the risk from COVID-19 for minorities

    17 June 2020

    Racism has raised the risk of people from black and ethnic minority communities developing COVID-19 and dying from the disease, says an official report.