• Exclusive: Chief execs' survey highlights tensions of 'challenging politics'

    17 July 2019

    Tensions between chief executives and their leaders are under greater scrutiny because of ‘challenging politics,’ a survey by Penna and The MJ has found.

  • Preston steps in to take over struggling Guild Hall

    26 June 2019

    Councillors in Preston have taken back control of the city’s Guild Hall - five years after selling the venue

  • Driving ahead with a new cultural and tourism strategy

    18 June 2019

    Great Yarmouth BC is finalising a new strategy aligning its tourism and cultural offers, says Sheila Oxtoby - and alongside this it is shaping a 'place story' to support promotion.

  • Council to 'fully investigate' complaints after sexism claims

    06 June 2019

    Stratford-on-Avon DC has said it will ‘fully investigate complaints of inappropriate behaviour’ after its outgoing head of paid service claimed it had a sexist culture.

  • Wigan’s fire within

    05 June 2019

    A year ago, Wigan MBC commissioned its new cultural strategy. Alison McKenzie-Folan, explains how the arts are helping ignite excitement and spark creativity in the town.

  • Don’t be afraid to jump in the deep end

    22 May 2019

    Donna Hall maintains that if we are serious about bringing about positive change we need to work out how our own behaviours influence the culture of an organisation or a team.

  • Creating a compassionate council

    22 May 2019

    Robert Moran’s vision for Elmbridge is to ensure compassion runs through all of the work of the council – benefiting both residents and employees

  • Call for tourism tax review

    05 February 2019

    An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

  • Standards bearers

    30 January 2019

    The local standards regime for councils has faced allegations that it is insufficiently robust. Will the 20th report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on ethics in local government lead to positive change? Heather Jameson reports

  • A council’s culture eats its strategies for breakfast, dinner and tea

    29 January 2019

    Rip up all those wordy strategies that hardly anyone even reads. They just don’t work, says Donna Hall. She describes a better way for council chief executives and leaders to spend their time.

  • Putting people first

    16 January 2019

    Detached is not her form of politics and she ‘worked like an absolute sod’ to capture an ‘unwinnable’ seat in Waltham Forest MBC. Council leader Clare Coghill talks to Heather Jameson

  • When it comes to our cities there are reasons to be cheerful

    16 January 2019

    There is little doubt that 2019 will be an historic and turbulent year, but there are some great opportunities for our cities to drive radical change and play a key role in post-Brexit Britain, says Cllr Judith Blake

  • Cambridge brings service in-house from struggling charity

    24 December 2018

    Cambridge City Council is to bring its cultural events service back in-house, after the charity Cambridge Live ran into financial difficulties.

  • Empowerment is a team effort

    12 December 2018

    As the first London Borough of Culture, and one of five integration pilot areas, Waltham Forest LBC has an unprecedented opportunity to bring residents together, says Linzi Roberts-Egan

  • Scrutiny can reduce Government intervention risk - Kerslake

    04 December 2018

    Rishi Sunak has called for scrutiny to receive a ‘strong commitment from the top’ of councils amid warnings about the risk of further Whitehall intervention.

  • 'New beginning' for Bristol after 'significant void'

    09 November 2018

    Bristol City Council (BCC) ‘lost a year’ due to inertia caused by a lack of officer leadership, Local Government Association peers have been told.

  • When Waltham Forest joined the culture club

    29 May 2018

    Waltham Forest has been named as the first-ever London Borough of Culture for 2019, an accolade which includes a windfall of £1.35m. Leader Clare Coghill sets out how the authority is preparing to put its achievements on the cultural map and improve the life chances of its young people.

  • Culture, creativity and the real meaning of transformation

    29 May 2018

    Alex Bailey highlights how Adur and Worthing DCs turned around their fortunes with imagination, innovation along with a healthy dose of civic pride.

  • Keeping our creative economy afloat

    16 May 2018

    Cllr Judith Blake on funding cities' cultural offerings.

  • A boost to culture is a boost to the economy

    05 March 2018

    Craven DC has used funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery fund to boost culture - and therefore the local economy - in the district.