• We need to move on

    14 September 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox says vaccine passports for events would ‘cause immense harms, mainly to the fabric of society’ and it’s not clear if they would impact on virus spread.

  • Could civic buildings be reimagined for post-COVID working?

    13 September 2021

    As residents re-evaluate their lives, the most forward-looking authorities are beginning to consider how under-utilised civic buildings could be repurposed as flexible workspace, says Femi Oresanya.

  • Acting together on climate change

    07 September 2021

    Molly Hogg explains why local authorities should collaborate with community groups to tackle climate change and highlights how the approach is being used in Cumbria.

  • Climate change: ‘community is the new COP’

    19 August 2021

    Sharon Kemp says to have any meaningful impact on the global climate crisis ‘we need sustained leadership, commitment and action at a local, regional, national and international level’.

  • Planning for posterity

    17 August 2021

    If we want to ensure the younger generation doesn’t miss out on housing opportunities, the focus has to be on what will endure and models that support the longer picture in placemaking, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Celebrating the past, learning from the present and driving to the future

    10 August 2021

    The iESE Conference will celebrate the herculean efforts of the pandemic response but also share the future best practice for the sector, says Dr Andrew Larner.

  • Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.

  • Long live commissioning

    10 August 2021

    Benjamin Taylor says examples of how commissioning is being used show how important it is to move away from a deficit focus to experimenting and learning how to influence complex systems.

  • Tackling the COVID-19 crisis through partnership in the North East

    03 August 2021

    Gerry Taylor outlines how the LA7 group of North East councils used the insight gained from market research to create a localised comms campaign to help slow the spread of the virus.

  • It’s easy as ABCD

    02 August 2021

    Leeds City Council’s ABCD model is focused on prevention and early intervention and is an asset-based approach aimed at empowering communities and individuals. Carmel Langstaff examines the results of an evaluation into whether it works.

  • Tacking the rising ASB scourge

    22 July 2021

    Councils are at the heart of partnership working in the fight against Anti-Social Behaviour, says Rebecca Bryant OBE.

  • Human Learning Systems’ public service for the real world

    21 July 2021

    Dawn Plimmer explores what an approach focused on making the process of change more human has to offer as an alternative way of organising public services.

  • Tackling obesity

    21 July 2021

    Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on how the success of England’s national team can be harnessed by councils to inspire people to play more football and lose weight.

  • Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

    19 July 2021

    Chief executive at Cratus, Nick Kilby, has been judging the finalist for the Community Heroes Award for The MJ Awards. He says the experience left him feeling ‘emotional and heartened’.

  • Reset, Reform, Renew and Resilient – a prospectus for local placed-based recovery  

    09 July 2021

    A new Socitm prospectus drawing from more than 200 local authority recovery and regeneration strategies offers decision makers the help they need to sense check their plans, says William Barker.

  • Devolved regions on song with drive for digital inclusion

    09 July 2021

    Regional leaders have the chance, right now, to be truly ambitious when it comes to achieving widespread digital inclusion, says Helen Milner.

  • Future Forum North: How do we put the heart back into local communities through place-shaping?

    07 July 2021

    In a session organised by Capita, leading experts on regeneration discussed the future of town and city centres after the pandemic.

  • Beautiful, popular, healthy and sustainable new places are what we all want

    01 July 2021

    The public does not feel politicians are doing enough to tackle the housing crisis, says Ben Page. He looks at what councils will have to do to win through on their plans.

  • Supporting the next generation of public services: partnerships and a digital fabric

    30 June 2021

    How can local authorities build a digital fabric that supports the future of their communities? BT outline five fundamental steps to achieving this.

  • Nudging communities to flourish

    30 June 2021

    Kingston Stronger Together has been at the heart of the COVID-19 response. The council is now using nudge theory to widen support further, say Joanne Moulton and Daniel Green.