Government Business 27.05

Government Business 27.05

Are local powers key to fighting coronavirus?

A few days ago, Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester urged the government to hand more powers to local authorities to help retain public support and tackle rising numbers of coronavirus cases across the country.

Burnham is not shy about calling out ministers for their shortcomings. In recent months he has campaigned for payments for people self-isolating, a simplification of lockdown rules, better access to testing and for the government to reconvene Cobra as a matter of urgency with places for all of the English regions.

All of his suggestions seem both logical and entirely feasible. But what is attainable is not always what is deemed possible by a government who seem to have lost all sense of logic. Manchester may be an obvious example and Burnham a vocal critic, but you can look at cities from across the UK and see the same problems and local leaders seeking the same assistance and clarification.

With the furlough scheme set to close and Test and Trace seeming to be deteriorate in success by the week, surely the need to look local is well and truly upon us. Local areas in tiers 2 and 3 must be able to request local control of the Test and Trace system, with resources transferring from the national system. If not, winter will be unmanageable.

Michael Lyons, editor

Government Business 27.04

Government Business 27.04

Lockdowns show lack of empathy for the north

It has been two weeks since more than four million people in the North of England awoke to news that new restrictions had been imposed upon them overnight, following spikes in coronavirus cases.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s 10pm brainwave tweet to announce lockdowns was rightly met with widespread derision.

As we go to print, Oldham has become the latest region on the brink of local lockdown after the town’s seven-day infection rate overtook the ones in Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester.

Surely more needs to be done to understand why England’s worst-affected areas are largely concentrated in the north of the country - Manchester, Rochdale, Tameside, Pendle, Middlesbrough. These areas of high infection are generally areas of high deprivation, and instead of blaming those flouting social distancing, which is another argument for another time, government action is needed to ensure that the marginalised and vulnerable get the support they need.

The recent decision to strengthen regional contact tracing, whilst overdue, will not solve the issue on its own. Blaming those who choose to work rather than self isolate only highlights the lack of empathy Westminster has for our northern communities.

Michael Lyons, editor

Government Business 27.03

Government Business 27.03

REMOTE WORKING

The New Norm?

Remote working may continue beyond lockdown. So what is needed to aid this change in working behaviour?

Plus CYCLING, TECHNOLOGY, HOUSING and MORE

Government Business 27.02

Government Business 27.02

CORONAVIRUS
Indoor Humidity Levels - Why public sector buildings need to have humidity level that means that viruses cannot spread

ROAD MAINTENANCE
Tackling The Pothold Backlog - Will recent government investment help to reliev the road maintenance backlog and level up the country?

Plus FINANCE, DRONES, SECURITY, CYCLING and MORE

Government Business 27.01

Government Business 27.01

GROUNDSCARE
Creating Places of Growth - How public sector organisations can ensure that local green spaces are in the best condition as Winter turns to Spring

PARKS
A Parks Perpective - A smart investment for infrastructute spending, why further funding for parks is needed

Plus HEALTH & SAFETY, G-CLOUD, RISK MANAGEMENT, and MORE

Government Business 26.06

Government Business 26.06

FIRE SAFETY
Post-Grenfell: Changes Needed - Several reports have heavily criticised the London Fire Bridage in recent weeks. But what does it mean for fire safety law moving forward?

CLIMATE
The Climate and Our Councils - How can local authorities increase what they are doing to tacle the climate emergency?

Plus CONFERENCES & EVENTS, FLEET MANAGEMENT, FUTUREBUILD, and MORE

Government Business 26.05

Government Business 26.05

ENERGY
Shining for solar - The role of rooftop solar in meeting the government's net zero ambitions

BUSES
Buses on demand - What a demand-responsive bus service could mean for the Tees Valley region

Plus PLAY, CHRISTMAS, TECHNOLOGY, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT and MORE

Government Business 26.04

Government Business 26.04

HOUSING
Housing Roots - A look at how Liverpool City Council is restarting a council building programme

HOUSING
The right homes in the right places - How can we get above and beyond the 300,000-a-year housing target?

Plus RECYLCING, NORTHERN POWERHOUSE, G CLOUD 11 and MORE

Government Business 26.03

Government Business 26.03

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Reducing Food Waste - How can authories reduce food waste and recycle more where food waste is unavoidable?

TECHNOLOGY

Unlocking Cities Prosperity - Understanding the connection between towns and their nearest cities.

Plus FLEET MANAGEMENT, LIGHTING, PARKING, RISK MANAGEMENT & MORE

Government Business 26.02

Government Business 26.02

FUEL POVERTY

Tackling The Scourge Of Fuel Poverty - What must the government do to lift households out of fuel poverty?

CITIES OUTLOOK

Unlocking Cities Prosperity - Understanding the connection between towns and their nearest cities.

Plus ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC SECTOR SHOW, PROCUREX NATIONAL & MORE

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