• DEFRA withholds £6m of air quality funding

    16 April 2024

    Around £6m in funding promised to local authorities to help tackle air pollution will be withheld, a Government spokesperson has confirmed.

  • Dashboard compares healthy life expectancy across councils

    10 April 2024

    A data tool to compare healthy life expectancy across all councils in England has been launched by The Health Foundation.

  • NHS Confederation chief rejects call for councils to take health role

    09 April 2024

    Dramatic proposals to devolve health responsibilities to local authorities have been rejected by NHS Confederation chief executive officer Matthew Taylor.

  • Connecting health to cohesion

    08 April 2024

    The evidence showing the importance of social cohesion to health, and the damage loneliness causes to mental health, is compelling. Ann McGauran reports.

  • How to build a healthy economy

    08 April 2024

    Social care, often seen as a millstone for councils facing financial challenges, has been turned into an opportunity by Stockton-on-Tees BC to create inclusive growth and tackle health inequalities all at once, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.

  • Finding the right prescription

    08 April 2024

    Incremental improvements in collaboration, not wholesale change, is key to restoring faith in the health system, writes Matthew Taylor.

  • Public health directors call for better regulation of private rented sector

    04 April 2024

    Public health directors have welcomed measures aimed at improving social housing but called for more action to tackle poor conditions in the private sector.

  • Has the time come to go ‘full Nye’ and innovate?

    03 April 2024

    Reform has called for health to be given to local government. Heather Jameson says: 'It is unlikely under the existing government, while Labour currently looks more likely to centralise social care than localise national health.'

  • Clear and present danger

    03 April 2024

    Public protection services have enormous benefits for communities – but they are in crisis. Derek Allen sets out strategies for securing more investment and support.

  • Powering up the North

    02 April 2024

    Richard Stubbs and Michael Wood say the opportunity to strengthen both the health and economy of northern England is immense – and that is why deeper devolution is needed.

  • Devolve NHS England's £168bn budget to local government, says report

    02 April 2024

    NHS England’s £168bn budget should be handed to local government in a radical restructure, the Reform think-tank has suggested in a report today.

  • Crises to continue as we lurch towards a General Election

    26 March 2024

    The MJ's 24-hour Future Forum summit cantered through a collection of catastrophes, says Heather Jameson. 'Perhaps we ought to conclude that watching local government is more like the Anatomy of a Fall. But at least it’s not quite Oppenheimer. Yet.'

  • Hail our local heroes

    25 March 2024

    Councils have proven their mettle – now give them the trust and respect they deserve, writes Baroness Sharon Taylor.

  • PAC: Government has ‘no roadmap’ for fixing social care

    20 March 2024

    The Government has ‘no roadmap’ for fixing the failing social care system and ‘nothing meaningful’ in place that might demonstrate progress, MPs have warned.

  • Combined recipe for healthy communities

    20 March 2024

    Tom Lloyd Goodwin highlights a programme designed to deliver more insight into mayoral combined authorities’ efforts to improve health, and to look at how these could be scaled to achieve more impact.

  • Investment in neighbourhood services could be a crucial vote winner

    20 March 2024

    'As we limp towards another General Election, we have yet to hear any comprehensive plans from across the political spectrum on how they would address the crisis in funding for neighbourhood services,' says Mo Baines.

  • Fighting fit in Stockport

    13 March 2024

    It may be testing times for councils, but Stockport MBC is pulling out the stops to ensure its residents of all ages stay healthy, happy – and independent, says Cllr Mark Hunter.

  • Judgment day

    13 March 2024

    Kent and Home Office face growing pressure over asylum-seeking children.

  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future.