• Cheshire leaders put concerns to Government on jabs, lockdown and schools

    13 January 2021

    Council leaders in Cheshire and their partners have written to the Government laying out their concerns about the vaccination rollout, the current lockdown arrangements and schools.

  • Council defies government by closing nurseries

    08 January 2021

    A council has closed all of its nurseries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite the Government insisting they are ‘safe’.

  • Councils resist pressure to reopen schools

    04 January 2021

    Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

  • Listening to and acting on young people’s lockdown stories

    23 December 2020

    Innovation Unit has drawn up a set of recommendations for any local authority to build an ecosystem of support for the wellbeing of young people, says Daisy Carter.

  • Government issues legal threats to councils and schools

    15 December 2020

    Councils this week clashed with the Government over whether to shut schools amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Birmingham loses a political giant

    12 November 2020

    Brigid Jones pays tribute to Theresa Stewart – the only woman to have led Britain’s largest local authority – and says her ‘legacy lives on in the women councillors she encouraged and inspired’.

  • Starmer vows to tackle the 'decade of drift' on sorting social care

    22 September 2020

    Government failure to protect care homes during the pandemic is a ‘national scandal’, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told his party’s virtual conference today.

  • Inspiring a new generation

    14 September 2020

    Future First works with state schools and colleges to link young people with alumni and employers, making it the perfect fit this year as the official charity for the The MJ Awards, says Nancy Scott.

  • Doing our best for Calderdale’s kids

    14 September 2020

    Robin Tuddenham says a cautious approach to schools opening earlier in the year has made the full return of pupils this month ‘a collaborative effort built upon respect’.

  • Learning from cancelled systems

    30 August 2020

    Research examining the use of predictive data in public services in countries across the world has identified more than 50 systems that have been paused or cancelled. Dr Joanna Redden and Anna Grant look at the emerging findings.

  • High hopes for high needs

    30 August 2020

    IMPOWER has published a list of the best performing councils on high needs. Leo Jones takes a look at who's on it and at what makes them so good.

  • The problem with averages

    30 August 2020

    In the aftermath of the exams disaster it should sound obvious that the individual matters, says Dan Corry – but it is a point missed out far too often in policy analysis.

  • Building a way ahead for our young people

    20 August 2020

    Lord Gary Porter says he is supporting Future First’s alumni networks crowdfunder because he wants young people to have the chance to build their lives on the kind of support he got from the LGA when he entered politics.

  • Government makes exam grades U-turn

    18 August 2020

    The education secretary has bowed to public pressure and announced students will receive teacher-assessed grades.

  • Mayor takes legal action over A-levels

    17 August 2020

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to begin legal proceedings against the exams watchdog over its handling of A-level results.

  • To the moon and back

    30 July 2020

    The model for getting a man on the moon is a good one for the post COVID world of local government, even if councils don’t have the same open-ended budget, says Blair McPherson.

  • Video conferencing has boosted partnership working

    20 July 2020

    Use of video conferencing is helping local councils to achieve more, and the convenience factor is bringing many benefits for partnership working, says Michael Bracey.

  • This is a partial kickstart at best

    14 July 2020

    Tom Stannard says that while the Kickstart job creation scheme is welcome, an inclusive all-ages progression strategy for both young people and working age adults is vital .

  • 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.

  • ‘Vast majority’ of primary schools to reopen next week

    27 May 2020

    The Government believes most councils plan to partially reopen primary schools from Monday.