• 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.

  • Generous to a fault

    31 January 2024

    The Government is offering councils something for free! Can this be true?

  • Save the panto for Xmas

    23 January 2024

    January is famously the tail-end of pantomime season, where crowds are boosted by discounted tickets preventing a post-Christmas malaise.

  • Data collection to begin on ‘underappreciated’ libraries

    19 January 2024

    The Government has agreed to implement the findings of an independent report into libraries in an effort to bolster awareness and engagement.

  • Breathing new life into a cultural jewel

    17 January 2024

    The power of culture is transforming a much-loved historic hall in Wigan. Once completed its impact will be profound in addressing deep-rooted inequalities, says Alison Mckenzie-Folan

  • Creative vision for Haringey

    17 January 2024

    Haringey has appointed two leaders with a strong background in the creative world into the director of culture and creativity role as a job share. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Turntable titans do battle

    17 January 2024

    It’s back for a third year, the charity music event that has everyone screaming: ‘Take our cash! You can even raise our council tax above 4.99%! Just please stop!’ Well, maybe they don’t go that far…

  • My call for universal basic culture

    18 December 2023

    Oliver Goodhall sets out three recommendations on how to embed culture in cities, including the need to lobby for a national cultural infrastructure plan to outlast political cycles.

  • White van man on... Christmas markets

    13 December 2023

    I’m not surprised these council ’elf and safety guys want to cancel Christmas markets. They’re far too dangerous.

  • Putting their foot in it

    05 December 2023

    Council logos have found their way onto many objects over the years.

  • A Faer Point

    21 November 2023

    Partner at Faerfield Dawn Faulkner says: 'There’s a popular assumption that ‘the more you know about me, the better we can do business together’ – but what if the opposite were true?'

  • Launch of the CEO Commercial Blueprint

    20 November 2023

    Adele Gritten of Local Partnerships says her organisation's CEO blueprint is intended to take council chief executives through a 'need-to-know, structured, risk-aware and financially sustainable approach to developing commercial initiatives'.

  • Levelling Up Fund allocated

    20 November 2023

    The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

  • Councils’ spooky season

    31 October 2023

    Diary hears ghosts, ghouls and spooks invaded several West of England councils as Halloween approached.

  • The trouble with Oflog

    23 October 2023

    Council senior officers are broadly united in their view that Oflog will not provide warning of local authority failure or improve performance. But what do five experts from the sector think about the Government’s new assurance watchdog?

  • Councillors face the music

    19 September 2023

    Is there anything more Australian than a room full of councillors all playing Waltzing Matilda using kazoos?

  • A heated affair

    13 September 2023

    Non-residents of Lewes DC will be disappointed to discover the district’s famous bonfire celebrations will be a limited affair again this year.

  • Using the past to shape our future

    11 September 2023

    The UK’s youngest city has provided many important historical examples of civic leadership and pioneering spirit, and as Kersten England explains, continuing this legacy and maintaining a modern shared vision is a responsibility Bradford welcomes.