Coronavirus

  • Breathing new life into the City

    02 June 2020

    As the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, leader of Westminster City Council Cllr Rachael Robathan describes some key elements of a rolling renewal programme for the heart of the capital.


  • Covid-19’s disproportionate impact must prompt action on inequalities

    02 June 2020

    The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities must lead to renewed action on tackling inequalities at a bigger, longer-term scale, says London Councils' executive member Cllr Muhammed Butt.


  • Registering the impact of COVID-19

    01 June 2020

    The impact of COVID-19 on registrars services has been massive, says John Rooney. Here, he outlines how staff adapted swiftly to put vital new processes in place at Rochdale BC.


  • Slipping through the cracks

    01 June 2020

    CIPFA and Xantura have set up a data partnership to support the local authority fight against COVID-19.The key aim is to find and protect those in immediate need, say Rob Whiteman and Wajid Shafiq.


  • We've only just begun

    01 June 2020

    After working with councils to get thousands of rough sleepers off the streets, Dame Louise Casey tells Heather Jameson about the next task - ending rough sleeping for good.


  • Two thirds of care homes untested for COVID-19

    01 June 2020

    Just 15% of workers in care homes have been tested for coronavirus during the pandemic, according to new data.


  • £50m coronavirus high street fund unveiled

    01 June 2020

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published guidance for the ‘Reopening High Streets Safely’ fund.


  • Directors warn of 'deep concerns' over care funding

    01 June 2020

    Adult social care directors have ‘deep concerns’ about the Infection Control Fund which is being rolled out to support care providers.


  • DPHs in stark warning over plans to lift lockdown

    01 June 2020

    Public health directors have spoken out about concerns that the Government’s plan to lift lockdown is ‘misjudged’ and coming too quickly.


  • Councils locked out of plans to lift lockdown

    31 May 2020

    Plans to lift the lockdown for people who have been shielded were not revealed to local government before they were announced at the weekend.


  • Coronavirus deaths yet to peak in 18 council areas

    29 May 2020

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has identified the local authorities that are yet to see a peak in the number of deaths due to COVID-19.


  • Council to furlough 300 staff

    29 May 2020

    Chelmsford City Council is to furlough hundreds of culture and leisure services employees as coronavirus takes its toll on the authority’s finances


  • Borough chief dies with COVID-19

    29 May 2020

    The chief executive of Swale BC, Mark Radford, has died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, the council has announced.


  • Croydon faces 20% overspend

    29 May 2020

    The London borough is facing an overspend of more than £60m – one fifth of its budgeted expenditure – at the end of the financial year.


  • Government call for rough sleeping plan

    29 May 2020

    Council chiefs have been asked to draw up a support plan for rough sleepers who have been put up in emergency accommodation during the pandemic.


  • LGA: Councils need £6bn more

    29 May 2020

    Councils need as much as £6bn more to cover the additional costs and losses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19, analysis of the latest financial returns by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.


  • Coronavirus shines a light on places that need to be ‘levelled up’

    28 May 2020

    The pandemic has hit our most deprived communities hardest, says Wolverhampton City Council leader Ian Brookfield. There needs to be a new deal to help struggling families and level up the country


  • Centralising instincts are undermining local assets

    28 May 2020

    NLGN's latest Leadership Index shows the importance of unshackling local government from Westminster's top-down approach, says Pawda Tjoa.


  • Local lockdown powers up in the air

    27 May 2020

    Council powers over calling a local lockdown are still to be thrashed out as the NHS’ test and trace system is formally launched.


  • Tories lose borough following resignation

    27 May 2020

    A Conservative councillor has resigned from the party over the actions of Downing Street advisor Dominic Cummings, erasing the party’s grip on West Devon BC.