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News

Birmingham improvement model could be used elsewhere

Birmingham improvement model could be used elsewhere

An improvement model that has helped turn around Birmingham City Council could be rolled out to other struggling local authorities.

Extra public health funding ‘essential’

Councils need extra funding to carry out new responsibilities for the coronavirus test and trace system, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has said.

Plans to end homelessness will ‘fail’ without funding

The Government’s pledge to end homelessness will fail unless services are fully funded in the upcoming Spending Review, the Salvation Army has warned.

Combined authority first governmental body to join alliance

Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced that Liverpool City Region combined authority is the first governmental body in the world to join the wellbeing economy alliance.

Ex-ministers unite in health devolution call

Five former ministers from all three main parties have called for health and social care to be devolved and integrated within a single budget.

Grenfell-style cladding remains on 243 buildings

Hundreds of buildings are still clad in the same material that led to the spread of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Opinion

Riding the second wave

Birmingham improvement model could be used elsewhere

Donna Hall says local government has never been so loved as people realise the power of community, the power of neighbourhood and above all, the power of local

A five point plan for economic revolution

As the sparks a revolution in the way we live and work, Mark Bretton outlines the Local Enterprise Partnerships' five point plan for recovery

Advisers offer neat solution to the rocky road ahead

As a raft of councils could face difficulties from their commercial investment, or just failing finances, the Birmingham model of non executive advisers offers a solution to all out intervention, says Heather Jameson

We need a joined up approach to homelessness

As rough sleepers migrate from our cities to towns and rural areas, Cllr Dr Zahid Chauhan calls for a joined up approach to solving the homelessness problem

Helping city centres thrive post-COVID

Concern for our high streets has been exacerbated by the pandemic - but this time it is big cities that are suffering more, says Andrew Carter. If we care about city centres, its down to transport authorities can help

Don't lose localism in the race for reorganisation

The game of political football played out in Yorkshire devolution now includes reorganisation. But we must not be allowed to loose the localism, says Paul Shevlin

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Best Practice

Working through a crisis

Working through a crisis

As one of the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, Lancashire is taking steps to ensure its communities emerge better prepared for future challenges, writes Stephen Young

Analysis

Battle for the top job

 Battle for the top job

As the Liberal Democrats vote for their next leader, in this exclusive interview, Heather Jameson spoke to the two leadership candidates about what local government means to them

Private sector

Planning for reset and recovery

Having emerged from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, local authorities are now busy dealing with reset and recovery before the feared resurgence of a second wave. In a virtual round table, The MJ and Serco looked at some of the key challenges [..]

Leisure outsourcer asks staff to take 'career break'

A major leisure services provider has come under fire for asking workers to take ‘unpaid career breaks’.

Council services to move to joint venture

Derbyshire CC’s cleaning, caretaking and building design services will be transferred to joint venture companies run with Suffolk CC from next month.