COVID-19: Is Government really led by the science?
Jason Lowther argues that building in practical knowledge from councils and emergency planners could help avoid recommendations that prove impossible to implement effectively.
Government to review commercial investment data
The Government will review the data it collects on commercial investments by councils after it was accused of ‘flying blind’ by a senior MP.
There is no return to yesterday
Social services have adapted rapidly to the disruption of COVID-19, says Tony Hunter. As we emerge from the crisis, we need to think about what lessons we should learn and how we can harness data to make better social care decisions.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministers pile pressure on councils over business grants
Business secretary Alok Sharma has expressed concerns that some councils have paid out less than 80% of their grants to small firms.
Daring to be bold on net zero
How can local government adapt its path to net zero as society emerges from COVID-19, asks Robert Spencer.
EXCLUSIVE: Local areas left in the dark by government
Central government excluded local partners from key intelligence and failed to share enough information, hampering the response to coronavirus, an interim operational review leaked to The MJ has found.
Warning over coronavirus and commercial investment cocktail
Worried finance chiefs have warned some councils that invested in commercial property have been put at increased risk by the coronavirus pandemic.
Shielding improvements on agenda for LGA and Whitehall
The Local Government Association is working with Whitehall to improve the support system for the more than two million people being shielded from coronavirus.
Councils call for access to data for effective contact tracing
Crucial data must be shared with councils in order for effective contact tracing to take place, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Jenrick: Government will not pick up the bill for everything
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has warned the sector that the Government will not pick up the bill for every coronavirus-related cost to councils.
Shielding data finally shared with councils
Details of the extremely clinically vulnerable people identified in NHS patient data has finally been shared with councils.
The pandemic is yet another pressure on housing for councils to bear
CIPFA’s new and extensive suite of data Housing 360 shows the strain on housing resources alone was already close to breaking point before the pandemic hit. Dave Ayre explains.
CIPFA: 17 years to work through council housing waiting list
It could take up to 17 years to re-house individuals and families on the waiting list for council housing, data analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed.
Heed us on contact tracing, urges public health chief
Councils’ public health teams and their leaders need to be at the heart of discussions about any new COVID-19 contact tracing system, says the president of the Association of Directors of Public Health.
The view from the ground on contact tracing
The crucial issue of contact tracing is a chance to reset the local, regional and national relationship, says Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy.
EXCLUSIVE: Government forced to correct 'name and shame' data
Councils have been left furious after government data on how quickly councils are doling out grants to help businesses turned out to be wrong.
EXCLUSIVE: Government blocks release of coronavirus modelling
The Cabinet Office is understood to be blocking the release of key data on expected coronavirus infections and deaths, leaving councils in the dark.
Supporting the fight against Covid-19 with community hub software
OLM has developed software - free to councils until the end of September - that acts as an online community whiteboard to support operations in community hubs, says Peter O’Hara.
Collective Crisis Intelligence
Peter Baeck looks at how local authorities can best harness collective crisis intelligence to gather and share data on the spread of coronavirus, and mobilise community responses.
Using data to respond to COVID-19
Tom Symons and Juan Mateos-Garcia of Nesta examine how local government can make use of data to support its own response to the COVID-19 emergency, and see three significant areas where data can be useful.