Unlocking public services’ potential
Our public services should be the envy of the private sector, and it is up to us to unleash our own radical innovation, says Dominic Campbell.
A draught idea
As a connoisseur of 1980s cinematic blockbusters, Diary was excited when West Berkshire Council’s latest press release opened with the line ‘Who you gonna call?’.
Local government has always been an art form, but some people just go that extra mile.
The right conversations are more powerful than structures
Tackling issues such as delayed hospital discharges is not about structures and powers, although they can definitely help, but more about having the right conversations so we can work together in place, says Sheila Oxtoby.
Donny’s tight knit group
What would a Great British Bank Holiday be without a Twitter thread, brought to you by the social media geniuses of Doncaster Council.
What does employer brand mean for new elected members?
Nancy Scott looks at the increased focus on public leaders at a time when diversity of thought has never been more important, and how those involved in making appointments need to think more carefully about their organisation's evolving needs.
Bradford chosen as UK City of Culture 2025
Bradford has been named the UK City of Culture 2025, beating off competition from 20 other cities.
Future Forum: ICSs provide chance for culture change
Integrated Care Systems (ICS) must not be ‘driven by structure,’ The MJ’s Future Forum heard today.
Council accepts peer review's call for change
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has accepted a peer review’s calls for change after it found the authority’s culture was ‘inward-looking’.
Levelling up: the digital challenge
The MJ and BT recently held a round table debate with nine leading council chief executives from the Midlands and the North to debate the challenges and opportunities from the digital revolution. Michael Burton reports.
Peer challenge criticises councillor infighting
Councillors at Windsor & Maidenhead BC are ‘showing the council in a poor light’ according to a corporate peer challenge.
Councils end Russian twinning arrangements
Councils are ending their twinning arrangements with Russian cities as a show of their opposition to the military action being carried out by Russia.
Getting on top of the climate crisis in South Derbyshire
South Derbyshire DC has embedded tackling climate change into the council’s culture and its efforts have been recognised by Climate Emergency UK, says Allison Thomas.
Jackie’s funny turn
Councils have never dodged the very serious business of debating difficult issues and making important decisions.
Edinburgh to be hit by costs after damning reviews
Edinburgh City Council faces ‘significant ongoing costs’ to implement recommendations from independent investigations into the handling of historic child abuse allegations and poor councillor behaviour.
Council slashes heritage assets figure
East Ayrshire Council has been found to have about half the number of heritage assets it had claimed following an investigation by auditors.
Supporting staff through crises
David Bibby explains how leisure and cultural centre provider Everyone Active has been working with local authority partners to rise to the challenges of the pandemic and support the workforce.
Council faces £25m Games funding bill
Birmingham City Council has been left to pick up another £25m for the staging of the Commonwealth Games after partners failed to come forward.
Ongoing tensions highlighted at Edinburgh
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
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.