Child vulnerability evaluated
Deven Ghelani looks at what more can be done to stop children from falling into crisis, and examines how data can be used to secure better outcomes for the most vulnerable.
A chance to show long term vision on levelling up
This year’s spending round must focus on supporting places to managing the virus while signalling the longer-term strategy for building resilience into recovery, says Rosie Stock Jones.
Public health is a core part of the ‘levelling-up’ agenda
Reducing health inequalities is part of the ‘levelling up’ agenda, says Michael Burton - 'and just as the chancellor promises his Northern MP colleagues to invest in infrastructure in the region so should he invest in public health'.
Championing mental health
The National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) 2020 is taking place virtually this week. Here, plenary session speaker Sarah Hughes outlines how councils can meet the immediate mental health challenges of COVID, and rebuild resilience.
Birmingham has to work to be a real equal opportunity employer
Europe’s largest local authority is already leading the charge on tackling inequalities affecting Birmingham’s diverse population, writes Cllr John Cotton – but now it’s turning the spotlight on itself as one of the city’s major employers.
Youth and BAME jobs hit hardest by lockdown
Young people, BAME workers and those on insecure contracts have lost out most as a result of the changing jobs market during the COVID-19 crisis, says new research from the Resolution Foundation.
A framework for tackling race inequality in London
Cllr Muhammed Butt and Kim Smith examine how London boroughs are working to tackle racial inequality by collaborating on three broad programmes of work, to include better sharing of data around racial inequality and disparities.
Give local leaders a ‘levelling up’ role
Zoe Billingham and Charlotte Alldritt say inequality within regions is rife across the UK. Here, they put forward a strategy to address this– but they say that ‘with greater devolution must also come greater accountability’.
We mustn’t lose sight of the next crisis
Despite warnings about the likelihood of a global pandemic, nations failed to prepare, says Cllr Krupa Sheth. We must not lose sight of the climate emergency crisis, she adds.
Don't let the NHS follow care into crisis, warns Hopson
The Government has driven social care into crisis by failing to fund it properly, and the NHS must not face the same fate, health expert Chris Hopson has said.
Pulling children out of poverty
Poverty is not inevitable or ‘someone else’s problem’. President of the ADCS Jenny Coles looks at the future of the 200,000 more children who will face poverty in the wake of COVID-19.
It’s time for Government to level up
There's still time to avoid levelling up becoming Boris Johnson’s Big Society, writes Sir Bob Kerslake - and two papers from the LGA and UK 2070 should be warmly welcomed by the Government as valuable contributions to their goal to build back better.
Rising to the back-to-school challenge
Newham is anticipating an increase in demand for services as schools return, says Tim Aldridge, and COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on existing inequalities.
We must rapidly improve Test and Trace
If we want to prevent more avoidable mortality in a second pandemic wave this winter ‘we are going to have to rapidly improve the way the system works’, says Dominic Harrison.
The introduction of a Community Wealth Fund would support the most ‘left behind’ wards in Sunderland and across England and build on some of the work the council is already doing to devolve power and resources to communities, says Cllr Paul Stewart.
Tackling inequalities is everyone’s business in Birmingham
Tomorrow’s report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet makes it clear that tackling inequalities is everyone’s battle and everyone’s business, says Cllr John Cotton.
Reform of Public Health England is a future of work question
Local areas should be ‘empowered and equipped to respond to the more familiar and endogenous drivers of health inequalities’ including access to good work, says Dr Abigail Gilbert.
Data drives aid for vulnerable communities
Liz Harrison looks at the evolving data model being used by Hackney LBC to help direct its efforts to support the most vulnerable through the pandemic.
Redbridge LBC is one of the areas likely to be hit with the double whammy of a high impact from COVID-19 and low resilience, says a report from the Social Market Foundation. Heather Jameson reports.
We need to talk about this emergency and others to come
As we move into the next phases of the COVID-19 response, the Red Cross's Norman McKinley looks at lessons learnt, and how to make sure access to food is central to emergency planning.