• It’s not all about the money

    26 July 2021

    It is dangerous if we let the discussion about the reform of social care become exclusively about funding, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • Is Boris in a jam on devo?

    21 July 2021

    Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech was designed to kick-start devolution, quash the critics and calm the blue wall. Heather Jameson asks, did it succeed?

  • Who will crack care?

    20 July 2021

    The Government must raise enough funding to end the unsatisfactory adult social care system and ensure a skilled workforce is both attracted and retained, writes Sir Bob Neill.

  • The challenges for public leaders have only just begun

    19 July 2021

    The Public Leaders Report 2021 captures what it was like to lead during a tough year and includes candid insights from 20 chief executives, say Pat Ritchie and Stephen Crookbain.

  • Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill

    06 July 2021

    Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament today on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Getting on with it

    29 June 2021

    Sarah Longlands has returned to CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies – as chief executive. She’s scathing about the Government’s approach to levelling up and believes it’s time for local places to seize control of their own destinies. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Lib Dems elect new LGA group leader

    25 June 2021

    Cllr Joe Harris has been elected leader of the Lib Dem group at the Local Government Association.

  • Capacity support for councils’ housing delivery teams

    23 June 2021

    To help meet the Government’s ambition of creating 300,000 homes a year by 2024, Local Partnerships is encouraging authorities to take advantage of Homes England’s Local Government Capacity Centre (LGCC), says Judith Atkinson.

  • Place is the crucial lens

    23 June 2021

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at how we might make levelling up and devolution work together.

  • A step in the right direction

    22 June 2021

    In the wake of Kent CC’s move to encourage a fairer share of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children among other councils, Ann McGauran talks to key figures about what needs to be done and whether the voluntary national transfer scheme can help in its new form.

  • Pressure grows for tougher sanctions on councillors

    11 June 2021

    Thousands have signed a petition for disqualifications and suspensions as the Government prepares a consultation on the issue.

  • LGA questions funding to tackle COVID-19 surges

    11 June 2021

    Councils have voiced concern over funding to tackle COVID-19 in areas hit by the Delta variant.

  • NAO - jobs support must align with wider government recovery strategy

    10 June 2021

    The Department for Work and Pensions’ pandemic jobs support must align with the wider government economic recovery strategy, says the public spending watchdog.

  • Call for powers to use empty properties for homeless families

    07 June 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) wants more powers to make use of empty properties to provide accommodation for homeless people.

  • LGA claims Whitehall ‘hampering’ Parkrun return

    02 June 2021

    The Local Government Association has said a ‘lack of communication’ from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is hindering the return of events such as Parkrun.

  • Using creative housing strategies to improve fostering

    26 May 2021

    Helen Costa discusses the urgent issue of lack of capacity in fostering and looks at what solutions are available to improve services.

  • Councils to pilot new self-isolation support scheme

    24 May 2021

    Nine local authorities have been chosen to pilot new ways of supporting people needing to self-isolate.

  • Where has the care gone?

    19 May 2021

    Social care is in an even more precarious position that ever. But the Queen’s Speech lacked the ‘clear plan’ promised by the Prime Minister nearly two years ago. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Can the CMA make us see our market folly?

    12 May 2021

    Kathy Evans outlines why the CMA’s investigation into the private provision of placements for looked-after children may ‘bring decisive insight to our care market folly’.

  • Queen's Speech: Levelling up takes centre stage

    11 May 2021

    The Government’s levelling up agenda was at the forefront of today’s Queen’s Speech, but the role councils will play remains uncertain.