• Tackling mistrust about vaccines

    02 February 2021

    Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.

  • ‘This was liberation’

    01 February 2021

    Daisy Carter of the Innovation Unit outlines how COVID disruption inspired new ways of working in Greater Manchester.

  • Learning from innovation in a crisis: Greater Manchester

    14 January 2021

    The disruption of COVID has given Greater Manchester the chance to ‘design back differently,’ say David Jackson and Julie Temperley of the Innovation Unit.

  • Leading the charge to a brighter 2021

    16 December 2020

    With a year of challenge, opportunity and growth for HR and OD incoming, Fiyin Fayeye looks at the results of Penna’s HR survey of 2020 and says that a new style of leadership is emerging.

  • We desperately need to bring back culture to our cities

    15 December 2020

    Culture is a key ingredient in the overall mix that attracts people to our city centres, says Cllr Judith Blake. We need to nurture a post-COVID generation of performers, technicians and administrators, she adds.

  • Strength lies in differences

    09 December 2020

    Ben Parsonage says many employers need to change their dated mindset requiring candidates to ‘fit in’ with their existing culture, and instead start visualising what qualities they can ‘add to’ your organisation.

  • Todays challenge – tomorrow’s world

    02 December 2020

    Much has changed and so must leadership – we need to lead beyond ‘authority’, explain Manny Sandhu and Louise Teboul.

  • Solving town centres’ Rubik’s cube conundrum

    24 November 2020

    Ensuring town centres are both vital and viable is not easy, writes Professor Cathy Parker. She says redefining them requires the strengthening of collective capacity through restructuring, repositioning, rebranding and reinventing.

  • Our council's culture is thriving remotely

    28 October 2020

    With her councils' staff working from home, Gill Kneller says she has 'seen a burst of creativity with staff finding solutions to challenges and embracing completely different ways of doing things - along with different ways of connecting'.

  • LGA board chair hits out at culture secretary

    20 October 2020

    The chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) culture, tourism and sport board has claimed culture secretary Oliver Dowden ‘won’t engage with us at all’.

  • Council chief claims auditor 'not balanced or fair'

    08 September 2020

    The boss of a council where an auditor raised concerns about culture and governance failures that ‘stem from the very top’ has rejected the claims.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Internal auditor blows whistle over culture and governance failures

    01 September 2020

    A senior auditor has called for action after raising concerns about culture and governance failures that ‘stem from the very top’ of Thanet DC.

  • Council changes after 'culture of fear' found

    20 August 2020

    Southampton City Council has made ‘significant changes’ to its children’s services senior leadership team after a ‘culture of fear’ was allowed to grow.

  • Hackney’s Windrush legacy

    28 July 2020

    Hackney will now have two pieces of public artwork that will act as a permanent reminder to everyone who walks past about how the Windrush generation has enriched Britain, says Cllr Carole Williams.

  • Light at the end of the uncertainty

    28 July 2020

    Alison McKenzie-Folan describes how Wigan and Greater Manchester are sustaining arts and culture through a crisis, and says it’s imperative Government funding supplements this local and regional support.

  • Liverpool has come out fighting on culture

    28 July 2020

    Liverpool has created cultural initiatives that spark the imagination ‘and bring us slowly and carefully out of an international disaster -  blinking into the light but ready to reboot’, says Claire McColgan.

  • South Ribble chief executive resigns

    17 June 2020

    South Ribble BC’s chief executive has resigned after a year on ‘special leave’.

  • Breathing new life into the City

    02 June 2020

    As the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, leader of Westminster City Council Cllr Rachael Robathan describes some key elements of a rolling renewal programme for the heart of the capital.

  • LGA 'disappointment' over exclusion from taskforce

    21 May 2020

    The Government’s newly-created cultural renewal taskforce fails to include councils or the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Leisure providers at 'crisis point' - LGA

    05 May 2020

    Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.