• Taylor’s recruiting ground

    04 June 2024

    Edinburgh City Council has been accused of ferrying homeless folk to Aberdeen and Glasgow while preparing for the arrival of pop megastar Taylor Swift.

  • Wishful thinking

    15 May 2024

    Waltham Forest LBC may wish it had not borrowed a giant Henry Moore sculpture after admitting the art exhibit will cost £120,000 over four years.

  • Sculpture rupture

    07 May 2024

    The world’s cone mad, Diary might suggest, after an ‘interactive sculptural installation’ in Farnham grabbed the headlines.

  • Be bold, be a rebel – anything is possible

    07 May 2024

    A prominent joint-appointment within Haringey has shown the value of taking a bold approach to recruitment. Here, Starfish outlines the task they were given and the positive results that emerged.

  • Newham promises 'relationship reset' after concerns

    03 May 2024

    Newham LBC has promised a ‘relationship reset’ following claims a ‘culture of mistrust’ had developed between senior politicians and officers.

  • Top Talent: Arts, culture and heritage

    01 May 2024

    In its latest Top Talent feature, Starfish introduces the rising stars of local government leading the charge in championing arts, culture and heritage within their communities.

  • There’s real value in our arts

    22 April 2024

    Council support for arts and culture is at serious risk amid the latest funding crisis. But we must find a way to sustain the arts as a remedy to our deepest challenges, says Alison Mckenzie-Folan.

  • Greening public services

    16 April 2024

    GLL’s Chris Hebblewhite reveals progress on the co-op’s five year sustainability strategy.

  • Tearing up the town

    03 April 2024

    They say that if you’re successful there’s always somebody seeking to bring you down.

  • Graffiti games

    26 March 2024

    Islington LBC has defended itself from accusations it was slow to protect a mural by street artist Banksy after it was defaced.

  • Hackney through an anti-racist lens

    26 March 2024

    Dawn Carter-McDonald says Hackney LBC’s commitment to being an actively anti-racist council is at the centre of its goals and values.

  • Budget: West Midlands to get £15m culture funding boost

    06 March 2024

    The West Midlands Combined Authority is to get a £15m boost in funding for culture, heritage and investment projects in the region, the chancellor has announced.

  • Top of the bill

    06 March 2024

    It ain’t like it was in the good old days.

  • Wonka’s not too sweet treat

    06 March 2024

    Glasgow City Council was recently asked to investigate a complaint about an expensive – yet bleak-looking – immersive experience based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  • 'Culture of mistrust' found at Newham

    04 March 2024

    Newham LBC’s chief executive has vowed to tackle the ‘culture of mistrust’ among politicians and officers laid bare by a critical peer review.

  • LG Challenge: Culture comes to the fore in Calderdale

    01 March 2024

    Candidates arrived in the Calder Valley for the latest round of the LG Challenge – using their skills to design a destination marketing plan. William Harley reports.

  • Raising Kane

    27 February 2024

    Diary heard through the grapevine that England’s all-time top scorer, Harry Kane, is looking for a home in north-east London.

  • EDI – more than just letters

    13 February 2024

    For recruiters it is more important than ever to ensure your equality, diversity and inclusion approach is clear and deep-rooted in your organisation, as Anj Popat and Jo Major explain.

  • Och aye, it’s Kirklees!

    06 February 2024

    What’s in a name?

  • Radical place leadership

    06 February 2024

    Donna Hall says radical place leadership is about much more than a place-based pooled budget, and now is the time for a radical rebel alliance.