• It's time to act on improving women's representation in local government

    15 October 2019

    There are a raft of measures that could improve the under-representation of women in our council chambers - many of which are set out by the Fawcett Society, says Claire Kober.

  • When difference equals strength

    24 September 2019

    Leaders need to help people be true to themselves at work, and difference needs to be seen as a strength, writes Joanne Roney.

  • Re-engaging business and boroughs

    04 September 2019

    The Charter for Business sets out London boroughs’ commitment to growing the city’s economy for the benefit of all who live there. Cllr Clare Coghill looks at how to enable the dialogue between business and boroughs required to make this happen.

  • Co-designing the West Midlands’ future democracy with young people

    14 August 2019

    Cllr Brigid Jones says this week - which includes International Youth Day - is a fitting time to reflect on why the West Midlands Combined Authority has launched the Young Combined Authority.

  • CIPFA to launch diversity strategy

    09 July 2019

    A new diversity and inclusion strategy focused on finance professionals in the public sector will be launched this autumn.

  • Driving towards the diversity goal

    03 July 2019

    Women must make up half of all Local Enterprise Partnership boards by 2023. Christine Gaskell says 'we are getting there, but more work needs to be done at pace'.

  • Resilient and determined women make their mark

    03 July 2019

    Ken Lyon reflects on the positive and long-lasting influence the sector’s most senior women officers have had on developing the next generation of chiefs.

  • Council chiefs cut through the social class barriers

    26 June 2019

    So local government is less elite than most. Does it matter? Heather Jameson would argue it does.

  • A crackdown on sexism is the first step towards equality

    12 June 2019

    For a senior woman in local government to be subjected to comments about her 'good breeding hips' is appalling, says Heather Jameson - and 'let's not even get started on BAME representation'.

  • Dear John...

    24 April 2019

    Some people have too much time on their hands.

  • 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