Children ‘bounced around’ care system
Research by the charity Barnardo’s has found young people are facing frequent changes of home, school and social workers.
We need the help of Government to support Afghan arrivals
Cllr Danny Thorpe says that it was his London council and local NHS partners who supported traumatised Afghan refugees, and once again ‘local authorities and charities are bearing the brunt of the responsibility’.
Standards: the search for common ground
John Tizard says collaboration within and between sectors will be crucial to ‘building back better’ – but the principles of governance and behaviour should be universal.
Councils faced with 20,000 homeless families
English councils were approached by more than 20,000 families concerned about homelessness in just three months, according to the latest Government figures.
Future Forum: Call to replace transactional with relational
A forthcoming report by the Demos think-tank advocates moving from ‘transactional’ to ‘relational’ public services.
Deluge of donations for Afghan refugees
Councils have been inundated with donations from people eager to help refugees fleeing Afghanistan.
Pandemic made councils 'more responsive' to charities, survey finds
The pandemic has helped improve the relationships and collaboration between local authorities and charities, according to new research.
We need to hear everyone’s voice
Apparent attempts to stifle the voice of civil society are bad for all of us, says Dan Corry - and a plurality of voices is a key part of a healthy and thriving democracy.
Councils fear homelessness ‘tidal wave’
Local authorities are braced for a surge in the number of homeless people as protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to lapse.
Procurement proposals lack social value focus
The Government’s Procurement Green Paper has been criticised by Lords for focusing on finance over social value.
Call to remove care home 'barriers'
Councils have been called on to ensure care home residents can meet their friends and family.
Casey launches fight against hunger
A coalition of councils and charities, headed by Dame Louise Casey, have launched a campaign to support food charities this winter.
COVID has highlighted the importance of community ‘bridges’
Andrew Laird and Chris Wright put the case for working through ‘community bridge’ organisations to not only improve resilience and responsiveness through times of crisis, but to deliver services in a co-operative way in normal times.
Councils and charities must stand shoulder to shoulder to lead the rebuild
While there’s a natural tendency to fight our own local government corner first, the smart approach is to recognise many charities are critical to the delivery of many public services. says Claire Kober.
Communities, COVID and Marcus
Community and charity activity is helpful – and absolutely essential during COVID – says Dan Corry. But he argues that the comprehensive actions we need to tackle so many of the issues we face also depend on the central and local state.
Nurturing a close community partnership
Community solidarity and social activism should not be seen as a willingness by the voluntary and community sector to step in where the State should act and provide, says John Tizard.
Joint call for increased funding to help rough sleepers
A host of health and homelessness organisations have implored the Government to take ‘bold action’ and help councils bring rough sleepers off the streets this winter.
Charities warn over planning 'deregulation'
Government plans to overhaul planning rules post-Brexit have come under fire from environmental groups.
Scots charities launch bid to end rough sleeping
A coalition of Scots charities will today present plans their plans to end rough sleeping to the Scottish Government.
Charity launches Care academy
Education charity, The Shaw Trust, has launched a new Care Academy in response to the national skills shortage that has been highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis.