Laura Sharman

Social workers to be placed in schools to spot children at risk

22/05/2020

The Government has committed £6.5m to place social workers in schools to help spot the signs of child abuse and neglect.

Councils 'unlikely to cope' with rise in homelessness

22/05/2020

Campaigners have warned that councils are unlikely to cope with a rise in homelessness after figures showed half of homeless households were unable to secure a home before the pandemic.

Council approves UK’s first waste-to-jet-fuel plant

22/05/2020

North East Lincolnshire Council has given the green to the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant.

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.

Building safety fund not 'enough' says task force

21/05/2020

The government fund to replace dangerous cladding is not enough to make all buildings safe, the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force has 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.

Research finds councils still vulnerable to ransomware attacks

20/05/2020

Nearly half of local government workers do not know what ransomware is, making councils more vulnerable to cyber attacks new research has warned.

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.

Council considers community bond scheme

20/05/2020

Warrington Borough Council has put forward plans for a Community Municipal Bond (CMB) scheme to help deliver a new solar farm.

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.

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.

Report suggests a new tax for people living near to public parks

18/05/2020

Homeowners living near to public parks should pay councils a small tax to help cover the cost of their upkeep, a think tank has said.

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.

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.

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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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