• Communities’ cultural renaissance

    24 September 2021

    Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley

  • Warrington rebuffs call to end energy investment

    24 September 2021

    Opposition members at Warrington Council have urged the authority to end its investment in a green energy company as the sector is engulfed in crisis.

  • Cornwall overspend poses ‘serious financial risk’

    23 September 2021

    The council is on course to overspend its budget by around £18m by the end of the financial year.

  • Government advisers press for funding overhaul

    22 September 2021

    The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

  • Levelling up 'must start with councils'

    21 September 2021

    A panel of experts has agreed council funding is key to addressing regional inequalities.

  • Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

    20 September 2021

    The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

  • Sheffield budget overspends 'not sustainable'

    20 September 2021

    Members told financial support from the Government is needed as the authority heads for a £43m overspend.

  • Streamlining funding – the common sense approach

    19 September 2021

    Streamlining the current host of funding streams into just two would be a more sensible way of levelling up transport investment across towns, says Bridget Rosewell.

  • Making the most from limited funding

    19 September 2021

    Paul Hunt outlines how Bradford City Council’s innovative use of the Government’s pandemic grants has benefitted local care providers – both throughout the pandemic and long-term

  • Reimagining culture for our local communities

    17 September 2021

    Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley.

  • Social care plan is quickly losing its sheen

    16 September 2021

    The Government has a plan for asset protection but still does not have a proper plan for social care, says Richard Humphries. ‘No wonder so many involved in social care are so deeply disappointed.’

  • HMJ: Call for permanent discharge to assess funding

    14 September 2021

    The Government has been urged to make funding for its ‘discharge to assess’ scheme permanent in a bid to free up thousands of hospital beds and help the NHS recover from the pandemic.

  • Councils handed deadline for Afghan resettlement offers

    14 September 2021

    Ministers have asked every council in the UK to come forward with offers of support for the Afghan resettlement scheme within 10 days.

  • Let’s see some fair play

    14 September 2021

    A new report makes the case for a radical new approach to secure their future of local sports and leisure services, including a call for longer-term investment, say Paul O’Brien, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Debbie Kaye.

  • The time for team spirit is now

    14 September 2021

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson says there has never been a more important time to work together to protect the future of community-based sport and leisure services.

  • Leisure and wellbeing services face a serious and immediate threat

    14 September 2021

    The National Leisure Recovery Fund’s distribution of £100m was welcome, but must go further, argues Cllr Dan Humphreys.

  • Tackling the social care workforce crisis

    14 September 2021

    When it comes to social care Solace believes we need a more strategic and sustainably funded approach to talent development specifically, and workforce, more generally, says Graeme McDonald.

  • Fixing social care

    09 September 2021

    Kathryn Smith outlines her main concerns about the Government’s new plans for tackling the crisis in social care and offers her vision for a ‘fully transformed’ system.

  • Delivering on the potential of home care

    06 September 2021

    Chris Thomas says other countries have identified the chance to put care at home at the centre of their social policy agenda – ‘and the UK should have the same ambition’.

  • Let’s end rough sleeping

    06 September 2021

    The Government has committed to ending rough sleeping by 2024. To sustain this there needs to be a cross-government strategy that recognises rough sleeping as both a health and a housing issue writes Lord Bob Kerslake.