Level up basic skills to 'build back better', says CPP
Levelling up basic skills could boost employment by up to 302,000 in the most deprived local authorities, according to new analysis by the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).
The potential of new social value measures is huge
The impact of the UK Government’s new social value measures should not be underestimated, as they prioritise what’s important, according to David Dinsdale.
The importance of data and networks in advancing racial equality
Over the last six months Graeme McDonald has been a commissioner on Tower Hamlets’ Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission. What stuck out for him in the recommendations from the final report?
Leading through a most peculiar crisis
Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.
New 'Singapore-style' Office will tackle leading health risks
A new 'Singapore style' Office for Health Promotion will systematically tackle the ‘top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK’, the Government announced today.
A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.
Stronger, greener and fairer
Mark Bousfield explains how creative investment – both big and small – has paved the way to an exciting future for the Liverpool city region.
Marmot - Build Back Better must tackle the plight of care workers
The Government’s Build Back Better plan must tackle the plight of adult social care workers left without ‘a proper employment structure,’ says the UK’s leading expert on health inequalities.
Levelling up risks becoming less than the sum of its parts
There is always political appetite for short-term infrastructure projects, but we need transparency and transformational change to level up, says Zoe Billingham.
Choose to challenge on International Women's Day
On International Women's Day, Jo Miller pays tribute to the woman who truly inspired her to be the change she wanted to be - a true warrior woman - her mum
You can't level up from (just) the top down
Andy Burns says while the ‘levelling up’ measures in the Budget are welcome, more strategic coherence and bottom-up, placed based approaches are needed
BUDGET 2021: Chancellor confirms £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund
Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.
School is the best place for all young people
Shaninga Marasha says our approach to school exclusions needs to be rethought if we’re serious about ‘building back better’.
Decision to prioritise vaccine jabs by age ‘deeply flawed’
A top public health director has attacked the Government’s decision to prioritise vaccinations by age as ‘deeply flawed’.
The chancellor must go beyond warm words
Director of IPPR North Sarah Longlands poses three core questions for chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of this week's Budget, including: 'Who does he want to 'level up'?
Shifting the story in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council’s new chief executive Kate Josephs talks to Heather Jameson about her new role guiding ‘an incredible city’ through the big challenges ahead – and making it more ‘confident, and outward looking and optimistic’.
Tackling the big four vaccine challenges
Tackling inequity in vaccination uptake depends on resolving what Jim McManus calls the big four challenges – and councils’ role is crucial.
Public health chiefs call for more data on jab take-up
Councils still lack the detailed data they need on COVID vaccination take-up to tackle inequities and reduce transmission, public health experts said this week.
Financing health is vital to our futures
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy says the upcoming Budget is a chance to act on the lessons of COVID-19 – and now is the moment to start building the path towards a healthy recovery.
Local public health proves its worth in a crisis
COVID has emphasised the importance of public health teams being part of local government, says Professor Maggie Rae. But councils need the resources to address the fallout from this pandemic and prepare for the next one.