Thick document; thin vision
Dr Jonathan Carr-West says it’s not that the measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill are bad in and of themselves, but it feels like a missed opportunity to ask bigger questions about the function and form of local government.
Supporting staff through crises
David Bibby explains how leisure and cultural centre provider Everyone Active has been working with local authority partners to rise to the challenges of the pandemic and support the workforce.
Councils battle to prevent 'lost generation'
Children’s services directors have said they face a challenge to avoid the emergence of a ‘lost generation’.
Counting the benefits of good partnership
The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.
At last, the Treasury wants us all to be happy, says Dan Corry. ‘A brilliant early sign that the Treasury means this is if the forthcoming and long-awaited multi-year Spending Review pushed these concepts hard’, he adds.
Levelling up should focus on wellbeing, says report
The levelling up agenda should focus on improving economic and social wellbeing rather than infrastructure according to new research from the UK Prosperity Index 2021.
Getting set for a post 9-to-5 culture
Is it a case of the ‘death of Dolly’? Jason Wheatley explains why it’s important organisations re-imagine their places of work to meet the changing requirements of a post-pandemic world.
We need to better capture the impact of community power
New Local's latest report forensically and persuasively shows community power works, and now we need to measure it better, says Luca Tiratelli.
Call for lifting of immigration rules
Council leaders in England, Scotland and Wales have called for a temporary lifting of the immigration rules that stop some migrants accessing public funds.
Creating a long-term new normal
Adam Cunnington says we should agree to harness our collective experience of the devastating effects of COVID-19 to work together to build a better country and a better long-term ‘new normal’.
The wellbeing of individuals and their wider community is key
COVID-19 has put public health at the top of the nation's priorities, and it's vital to remember that the wellbeing of individuals and their wider community are key to creating a place-based agenda, writes Sheila Oxtoby.
Fit for the future
Surrey County Council and PwC outline the ‘very clear and powerful’ shared ambition driving their joint approach to transformation – focused on creating an inclusive and healthy place where people are proud to live.
Transforming our thinking about digital
The mission of the London Office of Technology and Innovation is to boost boroughs’ ability to innovate, build common capability, and to foster digital innovation designed to improve lives, says Philip Glanville.
Unlocking the potential of towns
As councils and their partners grapple with how to ensure the attention on towns brings real local change, Pippa Coutts of Carnegie Trust UK urges them to focus on local solutions.
Clear leadership from the government is needed on public health
Wellbeing should be built into the fabric of Government decision-making when it comes to both policy-making and funding allocation - and it is time for a multi-year funding settlement for public health, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.
South of England takes top slots in Sustainable Growth Index
The South of England continues to dominate the top performing places, according to the Grant Thornton 2019 Sustainable Growth Index rankings.
District councils play a major role in health and well-being.
If we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe, well and happy in their own homes, this will prevent future health crises that could cost the public purse far more, says Paul Shevlin.
COSLA conference: Sturgeon promises 'biggest decentralisation of power' in two decades
The results of the Scottish Government’s local governance review will bring the ‘biggest decentralisation of power’ in the 20 years since devolution, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised.
It's time to go beyond GDP
Methods such as GDP and GVA have been traditional ways of measuring what matters in our economy - but Andy Norman argues inclusive growth is the future.