Coronavirus

Union calls for Government to bring back spot safety inspections

26/05/2020

Local authorities should be allowed to carry out unannounced inspections of workplaces most at risk of spreading coronavirus, according to a trade union.

New £50m fund to help councils open high streets safely

26/05/2020

Councils will have access to a £50m fund to help prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces.

Plan to build 6,000 new homes to 'end rough sleeping'

26/05/2020

The Government has pledged to provide long-term homes for those people taken off the streets during the pandemic.

Councils given £300m and key tracking role

22/05/2020

Councils in England will be handed £300m by the Government as they are given a key role in driving forward testing and tracing. 

Ensuring continuity of care in a time of crisis

22/05/2020

Julie Tyas discusses how tech is becoming the eyes and ears of social workers during the pandemic.

The power of local systems to save lives

22/05/2020

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.

No bail outs for commercial investments

22/05/2020

Plans to bail out councils struggling with their finances could vary between authorities - but they will not cover commercial investments, The MJ understands.

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to social care workers

21/05/2020

The families of migrant care workers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely.

Charities warn millions of people in council tax arrears due to Covid-19

21/05/2020

Over two million people have fallen behind on their council tax payments as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, debt charities have warned.

'Red Wall' areas most at risk of economic scarring, think tank warns

21/05/2020

Red Wall communities areas are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of coronavirus, new research has warned today.

Councils urged to make bold changes to end homelessness

20/05/2020

Local authorities have been urged to take practical steps to ensure nobody is forced to sleep rough once the lockdown is over.

More councils join call to delay schools reopening

20/05/2020

The Government is under increasing pressure to rethink its plans to open schools on 1 June after more councils highlighted safety concerns.

Children 'cut adrift' due to four-year rise in poverty, campaigners warn

20/05/2020

Child poverty is ‘rising rapidly’ in Britain’s poorest communities, a report has warned today.

No-deal Brexit planning would 'overwhelm' emergency response

19/05/2020

Planning for a no-deal Brexit at the end of this year would ‘overwhelm’ the country’s emergency response capacity, the Government has been warned in a leaked report.

Rejection of coronavirus bonus a 'slap in the face'

19/05/2020

A top union official has branded English councils’ refusal to rally behind a campaign for a workers’ coronavirus bonus as a ‘slap in the face’.

Funding boost brings 'hope' for councils, says NILGA

19/05/2020

A £20.3m funding boost to local authorities has given ‘hope’ to the councils and their partners, leaders have said.

Most councils take action to help providers with temporary cost pressures

19/05/2020

Nearly all (97%) of councils are taking action to address temporary cost pressures being experienced by social care providers, a new survey has revealed.

Councils decide against re-opening schools

19/05/2020

Hundreds of schools will not re-open next week as councils express concern over the safety of pupils and teachers.

Government urged to create £1bn Jobs Guarantee for young people

19/05/2020

The Government has been urged to tackle the record rise in unemployment by creating a £1bn Youth Guarantee.

Pan-London partnership for PPE launched

19/05/2020

A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.

Care home on the brink of collapse

18/05/2020

Care homes in the North East have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they could collapse within days without further funding.

Think tank warns of growing educational gap during lockdown

18/05/2020

Children from better-off families are spending more time on educational activities than those from the poorest households, a think tank has found.

Survey highlights child abuse could go unreported during lockdown

18/05/2020

Child abuse could go unreported during lockdown as a quarter of adults do not know where to go for help, a survey has found.

Cyber crisis management

18/05/2020

Richard Stephenson outlines cybersecurity issues to be aware of during the pandemic and how to minimize risk.

Charities call for 'vital' early intervention funding to safeguard children

18/05/2020

Funding cuts to children's services have left councils unable to cope with the current crisis, charities have warned today.

Councils call for £5bn 'income guarantee'

18/05/2020

England's largest councils are calling on the Government to provide a £5bn 'income guarantee to avoid them having to declare insolvency during the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 care homes deaths 51% higher than estimated

15/05/2020

The number of care home residents who have died from coronavirus is more than 50% higher than previously estimated, figures today have revealed.

Young people's mental health more at risk during lockdown, research finds

15/05/2020

Young people are more likely to suffer from poor mental health under lockdown than older adults, research has revealed.

Councils resist government's changed 'stay alert' message

15/05/2020

Areas with higher coronavirus rates have urged residents to stay at home amid fears the Government’s change of message to ‘stay alert’ was confusing.

Councils call for power to close schools at higher risk of Covid-19

15/05/2020

Council leaders have called for the power to close schools or nurseries that have new clusters of Covid-19.

Councils face £10bn funding 'black hole'

14/05/2020

Councils could be forced to cut billions from social care services due to £10bn 'coronavirus black hole', Labour has warned today.

Campaigners warn children more exposed to secondhand smoke since lockdown

14/05/2020

More than one in ten smokers who live with children are smoking indoors more since lockdown, new research has revealed today.

Council mows grass in two metre 'channels' to promote social distancing

14/05/2020

Birmingham City Council has come up with an unusual way to remind people to obey social distancing rules, by mowing two metre strips into its parks and green spaces.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14/05/2020

Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

Accelerating change: Join BT experts and customers live on 21 May, in partnership with Cisco

13/05/2020

This free series of live-streamed events, in partnership with Cisco, will feature expert analysis from our key people, alongside stories from our customers.

Most councils prepare to open household waste recycling centres

13/05/2020

Nearly all councils are planning on opening Household Waste Recycling Centres in the next two weeks, a survey has revealed.

North West mayors call for regional data on Covid-19 infection rates

13/05/2020

Two mayors have called on the Government to publish a regional breakdown of the 'R' infection rate for coronavirus.

Covid-19: Wirral Council workforce case study

13/05/2020

Wirral Council explains how it has managed to engage and support its workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local Resilience Forums running out of PPE supplies, charity warns

13/05/2020

A charity has warned Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are still struggling to supply enough personal protective equipment to social care providers.

Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market

13/05/2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.

Districts braced for lost income

13/05/2020

Woking, South Norfolk and Craven DCs are likely to be the hardest hit when it comes to lost income.

Leeds chief takes on key contract tracing role

13/05/2020

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan will take on a key role in the Government’s contact tracing programme in the battle against coronavirus.

Burnham calls for more Covid-19 support for English regions

12/05/2020

The Government has been urged to provide extra support for cities outside London to deal with the cost of easing lockdown restrictions.

Councils urge people to avoid tourist hotspots

12/05/2020

Council leaders and tourism bodies have warned that local residents could be put at risk if people flock to tourist hotspots now the lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Protecting local businesses and economies

12/05/2020

Steve Bratt is calling on local government to engage in collaborative discussions to help resolve contractual disputes arising from the pandemic.

Unite expected to urge council pay offer rejection

11/05/2020

Trade union Unite is expected to recommend that its members reject the employers ‘final’ 2.75% pay offer at a national committee meeting later this week.

Labour's five-point plan to protect renters from eviction

11/05/2020

Labour has published a five-point plan to prevent renters from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis.

Covid-19 death rates significantly higher for social care workers

11/05/2020

Men and women working in social care both have significantly raised rates of death involving COVID-19, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics  (ONS).

Councils call for access to data for effective contact tracing

11/05/2020

Crucial data must be shared with councils in order for effective contact tracing to take place, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Government announces £250m emergency active travel fund

11/05/2020

The Government has announced the largest ever funding boost to create a ‘new era’ for cycling and walking.

Councils warn about surge in virus-related scams

11/05/2020

Council leaders have reported a 40% increase in reported scams since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Over one million food boxes delivered to clinically vulnerable

07/05/2020

Local authorities have helped deliver more than one million food boxes to the most clinically vulnerable.

Colchester Borough Council to furlough staff

07/05/2020

A council in Essex is set to furlough some of its staff in order to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils must continue recycling collections to avoid negative environmental impact

07/05/2020

Recycling collections must continue during lockdown or risk longer term damage to our environment says Tim Gent.

'Too early to tell' if councils need more cash, says Jenrick

07/05/2020

It is ‘too early to tell’ if councils will need more cash to tackle coronavirus, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

Whitehall delays revaluation of business rates

06/05/2020

The Government has confirmed the planned revaluation of business rates will no longer take place next year due to coronavirus.

Researchers propose a two-tier approach to ending lockdown

06/05/2020

The UK should adopt a twin approach to relaxing restrictions for lockdown in order to protect the most vulnerable, academics have said.

Helping smokers to quit during Covid-19

06/05/2020

Alan Sutherland calls on councils to make use of more digital tools to help smokers quit during Covid-19

Only 22% of social care workers have been able to access Covid-19 testing

06/05/2020

Less than a quarter of social care workers have been able to access testing for Covid-19, a new survey has revealed.

Councils warn leisure providers at 'crisis point'

05/05/2020

Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.

Migrant women left unsupported during crisis, report warns

05/05/2020

Migrant women are at risk of being left without support during the Covid-19 crisis due to ‘hostile’ immigration rules, a new report has warned.

New guidance to help councils deal with complaints during crisis

05/05/2020

Councils and care providers have been reminded to keep responding to complaints during the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction contract clauses can prevent Covid-19 legal battles

05/05/2020

Adrian Hill explains what local authorities need to do to navigate the potential implications of Covid-19 to delays on project completions within NEC contracts agreements.

Vulnerable people struggling to access food, watchdog warns

05/05/2020

Vulnerable people are still struggling to access food and basic supplies during the pandemic, a consumer watchdog has warned today.

Council staff to test contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight

05/05/2020

Council staff on the Isle of Wight will be the first to test a new contact tracing app to help control the spread of coronavirus.

'High risk' staff are being forced back, claims Unison

04/05/2020

Unison is demanding Milton Keynes Council steps back from what it says is a ‘rogue local plan’ to order staff in high risk categories back to work.

Around 300,000 quit smoking due to coronavirus

04/05/2020

Council leaders have welcomed figures that show around 300,000 people have quit smoking due to an increased risk from coronavirus.

Keeping local government online in the fight against coronavirus

04/05/2020

Michael White and Simon Haston explain how BT’s core network, a key part of the nation’s infrastructure, is helping local authorities tackle the coronavirus.

Investing in commercial property amidst Covid-19

04/05/2020

A new inquiry will explore investments in commercial property by councils. Lucy Woods explains what the inquiry is likely to look into, the implications for local authorities and what changes they may have to make.

Welsh councils given funding to tackle cyber crime

04/05/2020

Each council in Wales will receive a £9,000 grant to tackle the increase in cyber crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils have supported 90% of rough sleepers during pandemic

04/05/2020

Councils have offered accommodation to 90% of known rough sleepers to keep them safe during the pandemic, the Government has confirmed.

Councils receive extra £617m funding to support small businesses

04/05/2020

Local authorities will receive a 5% uplift in funding to help support local small businesses.

Jenrick unveils £76m funding for ‘most vulnerable’

04/05/2020

The communities secretary has announced £76m funding to support the ‘most vulnerable’ in society during the pandemic.

Deprived areas see twice as many deaths from Covid-19

01/05/2020

The most deprived areas have experienced twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than the least deprived, new figures show.

Most London pavements too narrow for social distancing, researchers find

01/05/2020

Two-thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to follow social distancing guidelines, new research has found.

Food banks report record level of need

01/05/2020

Food banks have warned they have seen record levels of need as the coronavirus pandemic causes more financial hardship for vulnerable families.

Government urged to fund council tax payment holidays for vulnerable households

01/05/2020

The Government should provide councils with extra funding to offer payment holidays for people struggling to pay their council bill, according to Citizens Advice.

London boroughs call for urgent increase to rateable value threshold

29/04/2020

London Councils has called for the rateable value threshold to be increased to help more businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Government unveils improved daily report on Covid-19 deaths

29/04/2020

From today, the new daily count for deaths caused by Covid-19 will include those occurring in care homes for the first time.

Charities call for frontline feedback

29/04/2020

Sam Royston calls on emergency support providers to provide feedback on how Covid-19 is affecting their services.

Councils prepare to reopen recycling sites

29/04/2020

Councils have been asked to make reopening household waste recycling sites a priority by the Government.

Districts win in latest allocations

28/04/2020

Districts have won a significantly higher share of funding in the latest allocations of government cash to help councils cope with coronavirus.

Social landlords asked to only allow essential home moves

28/04/2020

Social housing landlords have been asked to pause any non-urgent house moves to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Counties call for clarity on how coronavirus cash will be allocated

28/04/2020

County councils have called for clarity on how the latest round of emergency cash to deal with the coronavirus crisis will be split.

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns

28/04/2020

Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

Councils call for more clarity on special needs duties during pandemic

28/04/2020

Councils have warned they are struggling to deliver statutory support for children with special educational needs and disabilities due to dealing with the demands of coronavirus.

MPs call for urgent action to deal with rise in domestic abuse

27/04/2020

The Government has been urged to take urgent action to prevent and address the rise in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councils need another £12.8bn to cope with coronavirus - LGA

27/04/2020

Councils may need up to another £12.8bn from the Government to get through the coronavirus crisis, the chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested.

Warnings that vulnerable children 'hidden from sight' during lockdown

27/04/2020

New local area profiles will help councils identify how many vulnerable children are in their area.

Making use of a force majeure provision

27/04/2020

Michelle Craven-Faulkner and William Occleston explain how local authorities can make use of a force majeure clause, and what options are available if there is no such clause in a contract.

Extra funding to protect vulnerable children during Covid-19

27/04/2020

Projects that protect vulnerable children will share more than £12m to help keep them safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Councils praised for reopening hundreds of parks

27/04/2020

Councils have been praised for reopening around 340 parks and green spaces in the past week.

Councils given power to reallocate free childcare funding

24/04/2020

Councils have been given the freedom to move government funding for free childcare entitlements to meet demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus testing extended to frontline council staff

24/04/2020

Council staff with symptoms of Covid-19 will be able to get tested for the virus, the Government has announced.

Councils urged to make cycling and walking safer during lockdown

24/04/2020

Councils have been urged to implement new measures to make it easier for cyclists to abide by social distancing rules during lockdown by Cycling UK.

PPE supplies to 'run out within days'

24/04/2020

Dwindling supplies of vital life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline care workers will run out within days, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.

Unpaid carers face 'burnout' during Covid-19 crisis

24/04/2020

Unpaid carers have warned they are feeling 'overwhelmed' after providing even more care during the coronavirus crisis.

Report uncovers high debt levels in Northern England and Wales

23/04/2020

People living in large cities and towns in Northern England and Wales have the most debt and will be hit hardest by a post-Covid economic downturn, research has found.

Government confirms extension to council accounts deadline

23/04/2020

Councils will be given more time to publish their audited accounts due to the increasing demands of dealing with Covid-19.

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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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