• Using data to support Bradford’s vulnerable through COVID

    19 January 2022

    Bradford City Council won the Building Diversity and Inclusion category of The MJ Awards for a partnership project working with vulnerable communities using data-led interventions to keep people safe during COVID. Kersten England explains.

  • Mind the gap between levelling up ‘rhetoric and reality,’ think-tank warns

    17 January 2022

    Central Government policies have undermined the levelling up agenda and left the UK more regionally divided than ever, a new study has claimed.

  • The stakes are high for the levelling up White Paper

    17 January 2022

    The Levelling Up White Paper must seek to broaden and deepen devolution, and provide a framework for it that offers local leaders the power and cash they need to tackle local and regional priorities, says Erica Roscoe.

  • Birmingham has a bold vision for levelling up

    13 January 2022

    The levelling up White Paper must show how double devolution can deliver opportunities for every local place and back the innovations Birmingham is leading the way on, says Cllr Ian Ward.

  • Reflections on 2021

    15 December 2021

    Julie Towers looks back on the past 12 months, anticipates what will be in store in the new year and assesses how the sector needs to adapt to keep up with the pace of change.

  • Boosting opportunities for Islington’s businesswomen

    13 December 2021

    Cllr Asima Shaikh explains the steps being taken in Islington to help female entrepreneurs reach their full potential, build back differently and create a more equal borough.

  • The Government should push on fast with reorganisation

    13 December 2021

    Anyone looking at bold plans for the future should bite the bullet on reorganisation and get it done fast, advises global chief executive of Ipsos Ben Page.

  • HMJ: The inextricable link between wealth and health

    08 December 2021

    Katherine Merrifield and Gwen Nightingale, assistant directors of healthy lives at the Health Foundation, warn a cross-government strategy is needed to improve the country’s health and tackle health inequalities.

  • Give districts an equal voice in county deals

    07 December 2021

    Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen explains why district councils want to have an equal voice in developing county deals and be an active partner in delivering them.

  • Closing the COVID gaps

    07 December 2021

    Stopping communities sinking further into the inequalities that have been widened by the pandemic requires a whole system approach, says Rachel Flowers.

  • Buying  benefits for communities

    07 December 2021

    Associate director of CLES Tom Lloyd Goodwin looks at how the quest for social value is being approached through making the most of opportunities within local 'anchor institutions'.

  • Protecting London’s women and girls

    06 December 2021

    Cllr Jas Athwal says that as we mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, London’s boroughs are committed to doing everything they can to address the many causes of violence against women and girls.

  • Youth justice needs a redesign

    25 November 2021

    A shocking television exposure of aggressive staff behaviour towards children at the Medway Secure Training Centre should have been a watershed moment, but five years on this is still not the case, says Charlotte Ramsden.

  • Lambeth is already stepping up on climate action

    22 November 2021

    Lambeth will release its borough-wide Climate Action Plan next month. It is vital that our Government recognises that local councils must be at the centre of the campaign against the climate crisis, says council leader Cllr Claire Holland.

  • 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.

  • Chancellor’s ‘age of optimism’ doesn’t ring true for council finances

    09 November 2021

    The Spending Review did not bring funding back to anything like 2010 levels and London boroughs are left facing £400m losses over the next two years, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.

  • Leading the way on diversity and inclusion in Hertfordshire

    02 November 2021

    The shocking murders of George Floyd and Sarah Everard have further strengthened Hertfordshire’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and tackling harassment and abuse, says Owen Mapley.

  • 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.

  • Let's take our chance to get things right on the health gap

    26 October 2021

    Ten years after Professor Marmot’s initial report the health gap has grown, says Gill Kneller. Along with other partners, local councils have a key role to play in connecting with communities to turn this curve, she believes.

  • 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.