Derrick Johnstone explains how better evidence produces better local outcomes.
Scotland’s 32 local authorities are all up for election, while in Wales, 21 of the 22 authorities go to the polls. Angelsey Council will hold its elections in May 2013.
In addition, ten cities will hold referendums to decide whether to introduce directly elected mayors. They are:
Doncaster Council, which already has a directly elected mayor, will hold a referendum to ask if the electorate wants to keep the mayoral system.
Thomas Bridge reports on the highlights of the recent debate by The MJ and Asidua, on providing user-friendly customer contact services.
Council chiefs have branded Ofsted's new regime for inspecting local authorities' efforts to boost school performance as 'inadequate' and 'inappropriate'.
Introducing the next MJ Future Forum on budget planning and preparing for the new Spending Review.
South Ayrshire Council has appointed Eileen Howat to be the next chief executive.
Stephen Cirrell looks at the difference between community energy renewal projects and civic schemes.