CIPFA to launch diversity strategy
A new diversity and inclusion strategy focused on finance professionals in the public sector will be launched this autumn.
Driving towards the diversity goal
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
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
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
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'.
Some people have too much time on their hands.
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.
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.