Councils at a crossroads: Local government in a post COVID world
Looking beyond the pandemic, Nazeya Hussain and other contributors put forward the case for a new local economy and a new trust-based relationship between national, regional and local government.
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.
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.
How can construction deliver more value to support left-behind communities?
Chair of the Institute of Economic Development Bev Hurley puts forward five recommendations to ensure construction can deliver more value to support left-behind communities.
England’s first community COVID-19 testing site opens in one of the worst hit areas
Brent is the first place in the country to open a local testing site designed around the needs of the community. Dr Melanie Smith explains why the location in the heart of Harlesden was so key.
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.
COVID-19: Saving lives in the second wave
Dominic Harrison says a ‘COVID-19 Second Wave Ready Community Fund’ is required. If allocated now, it would 'reduce future avoidable hospital admissions, prolong life, reduce NHS costs and promote equal life chances for all'.
Redefining the geography of levelling up
The Red Wall of traditionally Labour-voting areas are not the only places that need support, says Rosie Stock Jones. Many of the most vulnerable communities are also in London and the South East.
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.
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.
Johnson launches racial equality commission
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set up a cross-government commission to look at ‘all aspects’ of racial inequality in the UK including health and employment following the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
An equal footing for ethnic health
Birmingham City Council and Lewisham LBC have launched a partnership to dive deeper into the reasons for ethnic inequalities in health. Dr Justin Varney says the aim is to use the review to achieve impact at scale.
We need to set up a social care system that’s stronger than COVID-19,
James Bullion says 'we might have expected 16,000 deaths of people in care homes in an ordinary year at the time of writing; in fact, we have seen 40,000'. The time has come to prioritise and protect social care for all our sakes, he adds.
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.
As the inequalities continue, so will the risks
Gig economy workers are amongst those most exposed to the risks from COVID-19, says Dominic Harrison – with those on the lowest pay unable to comply with national Test, Trace and Isolate protocols.
Let’s look out for our residents
As the lockdown reduces it has never been more important for councils to proactively identify and target support for communities, says Deven Ghelani.
Deadly risk to social care staff revealed
Social care staff are at higher risk of dying from coronavirus than other occupations, Public Health England has revealed.
Covid-19’s disproportionate impact must prompt action on inequalities
The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities must lead to renewed action on tackling inequalities at a bigger, longer-term scale, says London Councils' executive member Cllr Muhammed Butt.
Coronavirus shines a light on places that need to be ‘levelled up’
The pandemic has hit our most deprived communities hardest, says Wolverhampton City Council leader Ian Brookfield. There needs to be a new deal to help struggling families and level up the country
A helping hand for our people
Jason Strelitz and Rebecca Eligon reveal how #HelpNewham hubs are reaching out to shielded and vulnerable residents. They also consider how to build on this work to offer assistance for an emerging ‘test, trace, isolate and support’ system.