• Why Hackney's sharing of Windrush heroes’ stories stood out

    11 January 2021

    Hackney LBC received the ‘delivering best outcomes’ award at The MJ Achievement Awards. Martin Ford looks at the reasons behind the success of its Windrush Generations programme.

  • Leading the charge to a brighter 2021

    16 December 2020

    With a year of challenge, opportunity and growth for HR and OD incoming, Fiyin Fayeye looks at the results of Penna’s HR survey of 2020 and says that a new style of leadership is emerging.

  • Revolution for Welsh local democracy

    25 November 2020

    The Welsh Government’s Local Government and Elections Bill is not a technical and legalistic charter, says Welsh local government minister Julie James. Rather, it will ‘positively transform the experience of democratic engagement and empowerment’

  • Becoming ‘COVID Secure’ at Hertfordshire CC

    17 November 2020

    Scott Crudgington outlines how Hertfordshire CC’s senior management teams are supporting the workforce during the pandemic through an approach that includes a focus on equality and diversity.

  • Birmingham has to work to be a real equal opportunity employer

    02 November 2020

    Europe’s largest local authority is already leading the charge on tackling inequalities affecting Birmingham’s diverse population, writes Cllr John Cotton – but now it’s turning the spotlight on itself as one of the city’s major employers.

  • A framework for tackling race inequality in London

    28 October 2020

    Cllr Muhammed Butt and Kim Smith examine how London boroughs are working to tackle racial inequality by collaborating on three broad programmes of work, to include better sharing of data around racial inequality and disparities.

  • It’s time for change

    21 October 2020

    The Penna family is using its diversity package to effectively reach audiences, including passive candidates who aren’t actively looking for roles, says Raja Balachandran.

  • Councils told to tackle funding through diversity

    16 October 2020

    Increasing the level of diversity in local government is key to tackling the sector’s funding gap, according to one expert in the field.

  • Taking steps to a more inclusive organisation

    30 September 2020

    Nancy Scott and Barry McNeill look at the topic of ‘organisational belonging’ – is it top of your to-do list or just a ‘nice to have’?

  • A people-based approach to diversity and inclusion

    14 September 2020

    Westminster City Council’s BAME staff network was formed to ensure representation for those most affected by feelings of racial inequality. Bernard Bruce says it has already led to significant culture change.

  • Birmingham proposes to adopt ‘Rooney rule’

    07 September 2020

    Birmingham City Council is proposing to mandate at least one woman and one BAME candidate are shortlisted for every job vacancy.

  • Championing diversity and inclusion

    30 August 2020

    Hertfordshire has published a refreshed diversity and inclusion strategy. Owen Mapley says he is determined to help make these ‘more than just glossy documents’.

  • Hackney’s Windrush legacy

    28 July 2020

    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.

  • We have been here before on cohesion and diversity

    16 July 2020

    Blair McPherson says the only thing more detrimental to the causes of cohesion and diversity than doing nothing is doing a little and thinking it’s enough. 

  • Devoting to diversity

    14 July 2020

    Race continues to be a gatekeeper for preventing people from gaining promotion to senior council posts, says Gifty Edila, who provides recommendations for welcoming BAME staff at all levels.

  • Let’s talk about difference and inequality

    14 July 2020

    Sarah Newman looks at the impact of the crisis on disadvantaged families including those from BAME communities – and shows how the systemic practice model can make constructive conversations possible.

  • COVID-19: Making public messages clear in more than 30 languages

    03 April 2020

    Members of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire’s diverse communities have recorded video blogs with crucial COVID-19 public health messages in more than 30 languages so far, says Adrian Chapman.

  • ‘Just be kind’

    04 March 2020

    While local government has been distracted by austerity, what has happened to diversity? The MJ, Penna and North West Employers asked HR professionals where they were on equality. Heather Jameson reports.

  • LGBT plus Allies Scheme proving to be a vital lifeline

    14 February 2020

    A growing network of ‘rainbow allies’ are part of ensuring Hertfordshire CC creates a safe, diverse and supportive working environment, says Professor Jim McManus.

  • Councils are not benefiting from the value that diversity brings

    05 February 2020

    Stephen Jeffery says councils are falling short when it comes to making the most of the diversity and value brought by apprenticeships.