Councils appeal for reorganisation to cross county lines
Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland DC and Barrow BC have cautioned against sticking to ‘arbitrary’ county borders in local government reorganisation.
A landmark year for Waltham Forest
In 2019 Waltham Forest LBC became the first Mayor of London Borough of Culture - and won The MJ’s Local Authority of the Year category in the annual awards. Cllr Clare Coghill and Martin Esom talk to Michael Burton about the council's achievement.
Making the most of our cultural assets
The three councils of Lancaster City, Barrow and South Lakeland are coming together to pilot a new model that 'aims to capture and maximise our individual and collective cultural assets', says Lawrence Conway.
'No evidence' of sexist culture despite chief's claims
No evidence of a culture of sexism has been found at Stratford-on-Avon DC following claims by an outgoing chief.
District councils play a major role in health and well-being.
If we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe, well and happy in their own homes, this will prevent future health crises that could cost the public purse far more, says Paul Shevlin.
Leeds secures agreements for TV and film studios
Leeds City Council has intervened to help get new TV and film studios up and running.
Robin Notts of some fun
Sad news for Nottingham – Robin Hood won’t be riding through the glen this weekend as the city has had to cancel the annual historic pageant due to severe weather warnings.
Bexley’s midnight libraries
Cllr Peter Craske explains how initiatives such as Bexley LBC’s successful Libraries at Night programme help make the most of buildings at the heart of the town centre and boost the night time economy.
Five steps to digital transformation for UK libraries
Public libraries in the UK face a range of challenges. Douglas White reviews potential models for their digital future, building on the Carnegie legacy.
Vinci replaces Interserve on multi-million pound York Guildhall project
Vinci has been brought in to complete a major restoration project following the departure of Interserve.
Refurbishment puts Fairfield Halls firmly at the heart of Croydon's regeneration
The reopening of Croydon's iconic Fairfield Halls after a multi-million pound refurbishment is an ambitious council project that is creating unique opportunities for people to experience and take part in the arts, says Paula Murray.
Hailing a first for Halifax
Diary hears that Calderdale MBC has found itself engaged in a transatlantic tug-of-war over a prized piece of word play.
Lung full of Nothing
Local government policy by day, face-melting guitar licks by night.
Tourism levy meeting call
Core Cities has called for a meeting with new culture secretary Nicky Morgan and her ministers to discuss the idea of a hotel room levy.
Union 'bewildered' by backing of city of culture bid
Bradford City Council has come under fire after backing a campaign to become the UK’s city of culture.
Setting the right playing field
Donna Hall assesses the value of strong belief systems against the all too common trend to measure progress in a mechanical manner, and says the public sector can benefit from an adaptable take on the former
Exclusive: Chief execs' survey highlights tensions of 'challenging politics'
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
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
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
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.