• Javid aims for 'integration by default'

    25 November 2021

    Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has said he wants to push through integration reforms to ‘stop people from bouncing around the system’.

  • White van man on... the NHS

    17 November 2021

    It’s obvious by now that our health system is a dog’s dinner. Great staff, rubbish system.

  • Care England warning over vaccine mandate

    15 November 2021

    Care England has warned councils to expect a ‘big impact’ from the Government’s decision to demand all care home staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Levelling up  - slogan or strategy?

    12 November 2021

    If an area is deprived and needs investment it shouldn’t have to pit itself against neighbouring authorities for funding, says Cllr George Duggins.

  • More than just blah, blah, blah

    09 November 2021

    As COP26 draws to a close, Heather Jameson reports on a Local Partnerships webinar, where some of local government’s leaders on climate change discussed what they were doing to avoid a crisis.

  • How to solve a problem like ‘infobesity’

    09 November 2021

    Richard James says a new field of data design involving clever tools and creative approaches offers a way for local government top teams to tackle the ‘infobesity syndrome’ of information overload.

  • Putting districts firmly in the spotlight

    02 November 2021

    There’s a new direction at the District Councils’ Network as Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen and James Hood tell Martin Ford how they plan to make Government understand how districts approach growth and can work with businesses.

  • The good, the bad and the ugly

    02 November 2021

    If the Government is to hit its goals on integration, prevention and health inequality it needs to fund the NHS, social care and public health properly. But the Spending Review was a mixed picture, says Rob Whiteman.

  • Council CEO in call for care worker funding

    29 October 2021

    The chief executive of West Northamptonshire Council has joined calls for long-term funding to alleviate care worker shortages.

  • MPs say Test and Trace was expensive failure

    27 October 2021

    The NHS Test and Trace (NHST&T) was an expensive flop that relied too much on consultants and did not stop the spread of coronavirus, MPs have said.

  • Local authorities are essential partners in the fight against health inequalities

    25 October 2021

    Tom Gardiner and Stephen Bradley of the Fabian Society highlight a new collection of essays offering a suite of policy approaches for tackling health inequalities in a post-pandemic era. The role of local government is crucial, they say.

  • Building quality of life

    20 October 2021

    Sadie Morgan explains the role of the built environment on our health and wellbeing, and how planners and councils can improve quality of life through the design and management of new homes and buildings.

  • Counting the benefits of good partnership

    20 October 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.

  • Levelling up the UK’s most unequal city

    20 October 2021

    Tackling inequality and promoting food justice are key priorities for Cambridge as the council aspires for the city to be a global exemplar of a fairer, greener and more inclusive way of life, explains Robert Pollock.

  • Think-tank in call for wellbeing budgets

    18 October 2021

    The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

  • How can the NHS work with councils on levelling up?

    15 October 2021

    Andrew Laird says the levelling up jigsaw is missing one major piece – the NHS – and he points to an ethical barrier to it playing a full role in this crucial policy agenda.

  • Pursuing happiness

    12 October 2021

    At last, the Treasury wants us all to be happy, says Dan Corry. ‘A brilliant early sign that the Treasury means this is if the forthcoming and long-awaited multi-year Spending Review pushed these concepts hard’, he adds.

  • Imagining a health-led recovery

    11 October 2021

    The Health Foundation says local government should be at the heart of driving forward the strategy to improve and level up health, and thereby the economy – but how can this best work in practice? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Let’s not rebrand health inequalities

    11 October 2021

    Health inequalities does not feel like a ‘safe’ phrase, nor should it be, says Rachel Flowers. ‘If we used words that dilute the impact of this harsh phrase it might start feeling too comfortable,’ she explains.

  • We need an equal partnership between the NHS and councils on health and care

    08 October 2021

    When is a local health and care partnership not a partnership? If we are not careful when it's an integrated care system, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.