• Barrow urged to ‘maintain momentum’

    18 September 2020

    New ways of working and increased staff capacity will be required to tackle the challenges faced by Barrow BC, a corporate peer challenge has concluded.

  • How councils can reshape the future of high streets

    18 September 2020

    Local authorities—many of whom are landlords — now have a unique opportunity to regenerate and  transform our high streets for the future, say Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie.          

  • New Inclusive Growth Network to drive local economic recovery

    17 September 2020

    Launched today, the Inclusive Growth Network will showcase the successes of local leaders in delivering a better, bolder vision for people and places across the UK, says Charlotte Alldritt.

  • Devolution must back our success in delivery

    16 September 2020

    The pandemic has proved again that bigger Government is not always better, says John Fuller. 'We have to celebrate the differences across our towns and cities, connecting and firing up engines of growth that have so far missed out from devolution'.

  • Time 'lost' when centre and local at odds over COVID

    15 September 2020

    Effective global responses to COVID-19 depend on local leadership as the 'critical convenor' and time is lost when national and local authorities are  ‘at odds with each other’, according to international policy experts.

  • Inspiring a new generation

    14 September 2020

    Future First works with state schools and colleges to link young people with alumni and employers, making it the perfect fit this year as the official charity for the The MJ Awards, says Nancy Scott.

  • Whole-place approach for a COVID-ready city

    14 September 2020

    Globally, it has been shown that local leadership is the critical convenor in effective responses to COVID-19, say David Nabarro and John Atkinson, adding that time is lost where national and local authorities are at odds with each other.

  • Doing our best for Calderdale’s kids

    14 September 2020

    Robin Tuddenham says a cautious approach to schools opening earlier in the year has made the full return of pupils this month ‘a collaborative effort built upon respect’.

  • Rising to the back-to-school challenge

    14 September 2020

    Newham is anticipating an increase in demand for services as schools return, says Tim Aldridge, and COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on existing inequalities.

  • People matter more than places

    14 September 2020

    Until we stop obsessing about the process of place and begin to reconnect meaningfully with people where they live, we won’t change anything, says Donna Hall.

  • Community hubs: spaces to grow, gather and recover

    10 September 2020

     With the proper resources, community hubs that include green space can play a key role in rebuilding social connections and reversing the isolation many people have experienced during lockdown, says Fay Holland of Groundwork.

  • Community power – a step forwards?

    09 September 2020

    A recent virtual round table debate hosted by The MJ discussed the recent trend towards councils empowering local communities. Is it a real or just a cynical way of driving down costs, and will it require a significant cultural shift to work? Heather Jameson reports.

  • Dream team

    08 September 2020

    The introduction of a Community Wealth Fund would support the most ‘left behind’ wards in Sunderland and across England and build on some of the work the council is already doing to devolve power and resources to communities, says Cllr Paul Stewart.

  • COVID and Brexit call for radical transformation

    08 September 2020

    Havant BC and East Hampshire DC already have a shared chief executive and senior management team and are now looking to build on their already close partnership, says Gill Kneller. 'We need to be radical', she adds.

  • A question of equality

    08 September 2020

    Councils should ‘be consciously biased against those who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour’, argues Claire Fox.

  • Pincher tries to soothe Tory fears over new housing formula

    03 September 2020

    Housing minister Christopher Pincher has attempted to soothe Tory fears over the Government’s new methodology for calculating local need.

  • Nottingham agrees governance overhaul

    28 August 2020

    The council will implement a raft of measures in a bid to improve oversight of its companies after its energy firm incurred a £24m loss.

  • Has the pandemic built embryonic ‘antifragility’ in places?

    20 August 2020

    Is it the case that the pandemic has had a strengthening effect within some places, chiefly through the forging of new relationships and the rewiring of old ones, asks Helen Goulden.

  • Councils advised to avoid term ‘lockdown’

    18 August 2020

    Experts have advised councils to avoid using the term ‘lockdown’ when discussing the reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions.

  • Power to the people

    17 August 2020

    Waltham Forest launched its first Citizens’ Assembly on how to stop hate. Rhona Cadenhead explains what she learned from the process – and what she would have done differently.