Chancellor confirms £2bn jobs scheme for young people
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ for jobs to prevent an entire generation of young people being ‘left behind’.
Don't kick more fiscal devo for London into the long grass, says Assembly chair
The post COVID world shows that further fiscal devolution for the capital is vital and ‘mustn’t be kicked in the long grass’, according to chair of the London Assembly Navin Shah.
Lib Dems - 'We need a devolution revolution to drive the green revolution'
Fixing social care, tackling climate change, addressing deep-seated inequalities and rebuilding the economy are the ‘enormous challenges’ ahead, says acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.
Public health boss hits out at lack of workplace data on COVID-19
A director of public health has criticised the absence of place of work or school and college details of those who test positive for COVID-19 from the individual level data shared with councils.
Government’s ‘top down’ approach hindering LRFs
Poor communication by the UK Government of crucial changes to coronavirus policies is a central problem being experienced by local resilience forums (LRFs), says new research.
Fighting for everyone’s rights
Cllr Gavin Harding MBE became the first person with a learning disability to be employed by NHS England. He says councils could do more to employ learning-disabled people in ‘serious roles’. Ann McGauran reports.
Getting ahead of the curve
How can COVID-19 testing and tracing best harness the experience and expertise of councils, and how ready is local government for the next phase of easing lockdown? Ann McGauran reports.
Leicester locks down after surge in coronavirus
England’s first local lockdown will begin in Leicester this week in a bid to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery
Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.
Government ‘must fully compensate councils’ before levelling up
The Government must fully compensate councils for lost income and extra costs due to coronavirus before it can return to the levelling up agenda, says the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).
Promote localism to save high streets, says updated Grimsey review
Scrapping high street business rates and promoting localism alongside green spaces and fewer cars are crucial if town centres are to thrive after the pandemic, says retail expert Bill Grimsey.
EXCLUSIVE: Authorities 'key' to local economic wealth
Local government must be the key player in a democratic reform of our economies that takes a decade of community wealth building into the mainstream, says CLES.
Racism raises the risk from COVID-19 for minorities
Racism has raised the risk of people from black and ethnic minority communities developing COVID-19 and dying from the disease, says an official report.
EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'
The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.
Anger and tumult have exploded around the world following the death of George Floyd. Ann McGauran reports on the effects of the waves of protest and how councils are working to ease tensions.
Lancashire's 15 leaders vote in principle for combined authority
Leaders of all 15 local authorities in Lancashire have voted for the principle of a combined authority and an elected county mayor.
EXCLUSIVE: Former minister in scathing attack on government's Grenfell record
Former minister Sir Bob Neill has launched a scathing attack on his government’s post-Grenfell record three years after the fire.
Charity applies for judicial review of changes to children's social care law
A children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of changes made to social care law by the Department for Education.
Leaving gig economy without self-isolation income will 'increase deaths'
Leaving the UK’s 2.8m gig economy workers without income if they have to self-isolate suddenly will make society’s recovery from COVID-19 more prolonged, says a director of public health.
Charity threatens legal action on changes to safeguarding laws
A charity has threatened legal action against the Department for Education (DfE) if it does not withdraw a statutory instrument that makes changes to safeguards for children in care in England.