Boosting diversity the Wolverhampton way
Award-winning City of Wolverhampton has seen tremendous progress over the last three years, both in terms of the place and equalities, writes Cllr Val Gibson
Female empowerment is in need of a boost
Women are under-represented in local government leadership roles and the West Midlands is behind the rest of the UK. Ann McGauran examines how this imbalance can be rectified
It’s all about inclusion
Once at the forefront of diversity, local government is now struggling to keep up the momentum. A recent MJ/Green Park round table looked at some of the issues. Heather Jameson reports
LEPs face Government action if they ignore framework
The Government has threatened to withhold or withdraw funding and responsibilities from local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) that fail to comply with a new framework.
Women's role in local government held back by 'serious structural problems'
We need radical reform of the way a councillor's role works to ensure a much needed increase in the proportion of women politicians in local government, writes Brigid Jones
Breaking the barriers
As Jo Miller’s presidency of SOLACE with its focus on equalities and women’s rights ends, Jessica Crowe reports from a recent workshop on the best way to continue making progress
Ann McGauran reveals the findings of a report that shows England’s local authorities still have some distance to go before their leadership teams truly reflect their local populations.
SOLACE: 'It's no way to run a country,' says Miller
The current state of public finances are ‘no way to run a country,’ SOLACE president Jo Miller told council chiefs at their annual conference.
Barking & Dagenham first council to sign May's race charter
Barking & Dagenham LBC has become the first council to sign up to the Race at Work Charter announced by prime minister Theresa May.
The importance of the right mix
Jonathan Swain looks at how role models can increase the diversity of your organisation
Damning report on leadership diversity
‘Little progress’ is being made in increasing the diversity of senior leadership in local authorities, a report published today has found.
Pension funds welcome Sports Direct changes
Local government pension funds have welcomed senior changes at retailer Sports Direct after piling pressure on the company.
Appointment panels hold unconscious bias
Ian Thomas demands proportionate positive action to increase diversity in leadership positions.
Why diversity really matters
There is still much to do celebrate on the diversity agenda, but also much more to do, writes Claire Porter.
Do more, talk less
Plaintive anguish is no longer good enough when it comes to increasing increasing the number of people from diverse backgrounds in leadership positions, writes Dame Jane Roberts.
Encouraging diversity in local government
The quality of our democratic debate, nationally and in our local communities, depends on fresh ideas and different perspectives., writes Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor.
Building in inclusivity
We are starting to see some green shoots on the diversity agenda, but Karen Grave believes initiatives alone are not enough to build inclusive cultures.
The diversity challenge
How can council workforces become more diverse, especially at the top? A group of senior local government directors and chief executives debated the challenges at a round table debate hosted by The MJ and Green Park. Michael Burton reports.
Diversity – reform starts here
Mark Greenburgh examines the results of a recent national LGBT survey and muses on how this may impact the local government sector.
Deeds not words
For women in local government the time is now to make sure your voice is heard. Becky Shaw looks back at a thought-provoking panel held at the LGA conference looking at the barriers to local government leadership.