Council chief claims auditor 'not balanced or fair'
The boss of a council where an auditor raised concerns about culture and governance failures that ‘stem from the very top’ has rejected the claims.
EXCLUSIVE: Internal auditor blows whistle over culture and governance failures
A senior auditor has called for action after raising concerns about culture and governance failures that ‘stem from the very top’ of Thanet DC.
Council changes after 'culture of fear' found
Southampton City Council has made ‘significant changes’ to its children’s services senior leadership team after a ‘culture of fear’ was allowed to grow.
Hackney’s Windrush legacy
Hackney will now have two pieces of public artwork that will act as a permanent reminder to everyone who walks past about how the Windrush generation has enriched Britain, says Cllr Carole Williams.
Light at the end of the uncertainty
Alison McKenzie-Folan describes how Wigan and Greater Manchester are sustaining arts and culture through a crisis, and says it’s imperative Government funding supplements this local and regional support.
Liverpool has come out fighting on culture
Liverpool has created cultural initiatives that spark the imagination ‘and bring us slowly and carefully out of an international disaster - blinking into the light but ready to reboot’, says Claire McColgan.
South Ribble chief executive resigns
South Ribble BC’s chief executive has resigned after a year on ‘special leave’.
Breathing new life into the City
As the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, leader of Westminster City Council Cllr Rachael Robathan describes some key elements of a rolling renewal programme for the heart of the capital.
LGA 'disappointment' over exclusion from taskforce
The Government’s newly-created cultural renewal taskforce fails to include councils or the Local Government Association (LGA).
Leisure providers at 'crisis point' - LGA
Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.
Accessing the arts in Islington
The 11 by 11 partnership provides outstanding cultural experiences to all children and young people in Islington’s schools – and Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz says opportunities like these ‘shouldn’t be based on chance or good fortune’.
Balancing budgets and Beatles
It has been a tumultuous few years for Liverpool City Council. Chief executive Tony Reeves and the new management team are focused on inclusive growth in a city that is rich with culture. Heather Jameson reports.
Smashing the communication silence
Rebecca Davis examines the need for communication, dialogue and trust within organisations and how pioneering programmes are developing strategies to smash the culture of silence that impedes progress
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.