• Boosting diversity the Wolverhampton way

    27 February 2019

    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

    16 January 2019

    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

    16 January 2019

    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

    14 January 2019

    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'

    02 November 2018

    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

    24 October 2018

    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

  • Diversity matters

    24 October 2018

    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

    19 October 2018

    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

    12 October 2018

    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

    10 October 2018

    Jonathan Swain looks at how role models can increase the diversity of your organisation

  • Damning report on leadership diversity

    09 October 2018

    ‘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

    13 September 2018

    Local government pension funds have welcomed senior changes at retailer Sports Direct after piling pressure on the company.

  • Appointment panels hold unconscious bias

    21 August 2018

    Ian Thomas demands proportionate positive action to increase diversity in leadership positions.

  • Why diversity really matters

    21 August 2018

    There is still much to do celebrate on the diversity agenda, but also much more to do, writes Claire Porter.

  • Do more, talk less

    21 August 2018

    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

    21 August 2018

    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

    24 July 2018

    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

    24 July 2018

    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

    24 July 2018

    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

    24 July 2018

    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.