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News

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID

The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.

Spelthorne undergoes finance peer review

A council branded reckless for excessively borrowing to buy up commercial property has undergone a finance peer review from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Flood funding for councils may not be enough, watchdog finds

The Government is unable to prove councils have enough funding for flood defences, a spending watchdog has discovered.

Doubts raised over mass testing rollout

Public health officials have questioned the feasibility and effectiveness of extending mass COVID-19 testing in tier three areas.

Tier three communities in north and Midlands ‘stretched to breaking point’

Tier three communities in the north and Midlands will be ‘stretched to breaking point’ once the grant aimed at supporting local business is cut at the end of the national lockdown, according to Labour.

Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.

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Opinion

Comeback for our communities

Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID

Tracey Crews says that while changes in retailing will inevitably lead to a retracted high street, the aim in Cheltenham is to bring back community to the town centre amidst a thriving mix of complementary uses.

Spending review: Treading water next year is our best hope

Chair of SIGOMA Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton says Spending Review 2020 is a missed opportunity ‘and will mean the best that many of our councils can hope for next year is treading water’,

Spending review: Ensuring an economic recovery which benefits everyone

Investment in local public services is critical to national recovery, and councils can only lead local efforts to tackle the inequalities the pandemic has exposed and made worse with the right funding and freedoms, says Cllr James Jamieson.

Spending review: The road ahead is still paved with uncertainty

The efforts of local government during the pandemic have been astounding, which makes the public sector pay freeze much harder to swallow, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

Spending review: Greater certainty is needed on social care reform

The Spending Review was a missed chance to provide adequate funding and a firm basis for the reforms the Government has committed to bring forward, says Dr Eleanor Roy.

The learning never stops

Drawing on feedback from Solace’s recent development programmes and events, Jessica Mullinger assesses the advantages and disadvantages to both live and virtual settings as we look at different ways of learning due to the pandemic.

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Best Practice

Child vulnerability evaluated

Child vulnerability evaluated

Deven Ghelani looks at what more can be done to stop children from falling into crisis, and examines how data can be used to secure better outcomes for the most vulnerable.

Analysis

Casting light on a dark problem

Casting light on a dark problem

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.

Private sector

The dash from cash

Head of innovation at Civica Liz O’Driscoll explores how public services can better prepare for the acceleration of the cashless agenda.

A blueprint for change

The time to act on climate change is now, says Mathew Jellings, and it could start with a debate on the UN sustainable development goals

Gateshead to regain control of housing stock

Senior Gateshead MBC councillors have agreed to bring back housing stock under the council’s control from April after 16 years.