• ‘Dig deep and continue’

    27 September 2021

    A ‘huge’ unvaccinated group of six million adults and deepening inequalities are among the risks as communities begin to move towards economic and social recovery. Ann McGauran reports.

  • HMJ: Health in the North hit hardest by COVID-19, finds report

    14 September 2021

    Northerners were more likely to die and be hospitalised due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic compared with the rest of England, a report has found.

  • HMJ: Analysis warns UC cut will widen health inequalities

    14 September 2021

    The planned cut to the Universal Credit uplift will hit areas with the worst health the hardest, analysis by a charity has warned.

  • Delivering public health post-pandemic

    14 September 2021

    Dr Sakthi Karunanithi and Stephen Young look at what if anything the experience of dealing with the pandemic has taught us over the last 18 months and ponder the public health mission ahead .

  • Protecting tenants the Bristol way

    14 September 2021

    Bristol City Council’s Rogue Landlord Unit has saved 345 tenancies in two years, says Shona Ali. She reports on a survey of councils and looks at long-term solutions to ensure protection for all renters.

  • Joined-up action to aid street-based lives

    14 September 2021

    Calderdale’s trauma-based response to Burnt Bridges? is an example of why focusing on place-based working between health, councils and voluntary organisations matters, say Robin Tuddenham and Marianne Huison.

  • Leisure and wellbeing services face a serious and immediate threat

    14 September 2021

    The National Leisure Recovery Fund’s distribution of £100m was welcome, but must go further, argues Cllr Dan Humphreys.

  • Not even a bronze!

    10 September 2021

    Social care reforms are well short of the gold standard desired, expected and needed, says co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope.

  • Building on new-found respect

    07 September 2021

    Solace has been working hard behind the scenes to extend its reach across Government and offer unique perspectives on how policies join up in a place and work on the ground, says Joanne Roney.

  • Tackling health inequalities and the climate crisis in tandem

    07 September 2021

    Graham Duxbury explains why a solid social infrastructure can help households to take back control of their energy bills and improve their quality of life.

  • Cranes, communities and the future of our economies

    10 August 2021

    Henry Kippin and Pat Ritchie lay out the three lessons they have drawn from their shared determination to create inclusive economic growth in Newcastle and the North of Tyne.

  • Building wealth from within

    10 August 2021

    Tom Lloyd Goodwin traces community wealth-building from its origins 13 years ago to the present, to both deepen understanding of the approach and inspire the uninitiated to take their first steps.

  • If past Government 'levelling up' interventions haven’t worked, what will?

    04 August 2021

    Lorna Baxter says levelling up is about inequalities in pay, housing, health, employment and skills. Infrastructure and digital inclusion also play a part. 'It needs dedicated and targeted revenue funding at a local level', she adds.

  • Supporting the most vulnerable in Herts

    02 August 2021

    Hertfordshire CC is investing £9.6m to support its most vulnerable residents in overcoming the repercussions of the pandemic. Scott Crudgington explains why the council is determined to remain ‘a county of opportunity’ for all.

  • It’s easy as ABCD

    02 August 2021

    Leeds City Council’s ABCD model is focused on prevention and early intervention and is an asset-based approach aimed at empowering communities and individuals. Carmel Langstaff examines the results of an evaluation into whether it works.

  • Improving digital and social inclusion in Notts

    28 July 2021

    Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System has made strong progress in rolling out public facing digital services and innovative inclusion approaches. Rosie Atkin explains how it was done.

  • It’s only a win if everyone succeeds

    27 July 2021

    For SIGOMA members – unitary and metropolitan councils across England – funding service fairly is the key, says Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • Building back better in the UK and US

    22 July 2021

    Annabel Smith and Thomas Hauschildt look at what emerged from a Centre for Progressive Policy debate on the role of place in driving forward the build back better agenda in the UK and US.

  • Catching up with lost learning

    21 July 2021

    There is no national strategy to help children recover lost learning and promote emotional health and wellbeing, writes Charlotte Ramsden from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

  • Is Boris in a jam on devo?

    21 July 2021

    Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech was designed to kick-start devolution, quash the critics and calm the blue wall. Heather Jameson asks, did it succeed?