• Ongoing tensions highlighted at Edinburgh

    13 December 2021

    An independent review of whistleblowing and the wider culture at Edinburgh City Council has highlighted the impact of ongoing tensions between elected members.

  • Cultural steps can get us back on our feet

    07 December 2021

    While evidence is growing that shows how important the arts can be for our health, Bob Neill says that the cultural sector should be seen as an ally in efforts to turbocharge our recovery from the pandemic.

  • Christmas treeson

    24 November 2021

    Regular festive Diary readers will recall past incarnations of our unofficial Worst Public Christmas Tree Award, designed to keep self-deprecating town halls on their toes.

  • Levels apart

    26 October 2021

    The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker barely hid his contempt for the slogans he ordered hapless ministers to push to the gullible media and public.

  • Art attack

    20 October 2021

    We art lovers had rather hoped that those Young British Artists had banished forever that most philistine of questions: ‘But is it art?’

  • St Albans festival pulls out all the stops

    06 October 2021

    National Graduate Development Programme trainee Thomas Wrench says councils’ investment in activities such as the St Albans International Organ festival will be fundamental to COVID-19 recovery and uniting communities.

  • Lifting up our high streets

    06 October 2021

    Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.

  • Community spirit and movie magic

    29 September 2021

    Paul Wheatley explains why a Leicestershire town’s cinema in the park is an innovative use of Welcome Back funding.

  • Waiting with anticipation for the levelling up White Paper

    27 September 2021

    Sheila Oxtoby says that like many in local government, she is keen to see whether the levelling up White Paper creates opportunities for more power and funding to be devolved to a local level.

  • The art of preventing a brain drain

    19 September 2021

    Paul Shevlin suggests arts and culture have a part to play in attracting young residents to come to rural areas

  • Reimagining culture for our local communities

    17 September 2021

    Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley.

  • Performance anxieties

    07 September 2021

    Turning the role of elected mayor into performance art can’t be the easiest task.

  • Chubby chasers outraged

    07 September 2021

    A new front in the culture wars has opened in Sheffield.

  • Creating a ‘great outdoors’ for our urban centres

    17 August 2021

    Accelerating much-needed renewal of high streets will depend on giving councils the freedom to develop and manage their own strategic place plans, writes Cllr Philip Broadhead.

  • White van man on... the mission statement

    04 August 2021

    I've got a mission statment on the side of my van which says 'delivering product solutions' and when anyone asks me what it means I jut say 'search me' but every business needs one.

  • Lancashire rules out city of culture bid

    19 July 2021

    The council has resisted pressure to back the county’s bid to become the next city of culture in 2025.

  • Why Beeston’s blockbuster could spark many sequels

    08 June 2021

    A state-of-the-art cinema is at the heart of the Beeston Square development in Broxtowe. Ruth Hyde says reinventing the retail past is not an option, and a ‘willingness to take sizeable risks’ was crucial.

  • LGA claims Whitehall ‘hampering’ Parkrun return

    02 June 2021

    The Local Government Association has said a ‘lack of communication’ from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is hindering the return of events such as Parkrun.

  • We’re opening up to everyone

    02 June 2021

    Fellowship Square in London’s Waltham Forest will bring life to the area, business to the shops and cohesion to the community, writes Martin Esom.

  • Auditors probe 'negative culture' at Nottingham

    28 May 2021

    An investigation has uncovered a ‘lack of compliance with rules’ at Nottingham City Council.