Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services
John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.
Action plan for Glasgow’s growth
Last week the eight councils of the Glasgow City Region launched their joint economic action plan. Cllr Frank McAveety explains how the region is kick-starting a long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.
Being effective for the future
Responding to a recent article in The MJ, Deborah Cadman insists solutions must come from across public services - not simply local government.
Brexit gives regions a real chance to bridge the prosperity gap
Brexit should be seen as an opportunity to usher in serious change and prosperity to the regions, writes Dr Laurence Ferry - and the industrial strategy could be a key driver if local government is given the tools and necessary accountability.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead
Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.
‘Replace our £350m EU transitional fund,’ MPs are told
Local government leaders in Cornwall have told MPs £350m of EU funding earmarked for the area must be replaced.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
Communities must be at the heart of the industrial strategy
Colin Crooks argues the trickle down effect of investment cannot change communities alone.
Planning beyond the political cycle
Local areas must be given more autonomy to invest for the future, writes Louise Sunderland.
Question time for reorganisation
Reorganisation has not been the most welcome word in the local government lexicon in recent years. Tony Reeves says it is time for local government leaders to start asking the right questions.
We’re in this together
The year ahead poses myriad challenges to local government. Deborah Cadman calls on leaders in the sector to support each other through these difficult times.
Fixing the economy from Whitehall misses a key opportunity
For as long as we attempt to fix the economy from Whitehall, we will keep on failing, writes Ed Cox.
A new mission for sustainable growth
Andrew Muter offers his view on the Government's recent industrial strategy green paper.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to jump-start this devo revolution’ – IPPR
Ministers have been urged to ditch their ‘bloody-mindedness’ and reboot the stalled devolution process amid a surge of faltering deals and emerging reorganisation rows.
Making Ashford a borough for business
Tracey Kerly explains how Ashford BC is seeking out innovative ways to generate income in the pursuit of self-sufficiency
The end for outsourcing?
The era of enormous outsourcing deals is now behind local government as contractors face headwinds and cut council contracts. Jamie Hailstone investigates the future landscape for outsourcing in the sector
Making the move into commercialism
As the new year dawns and council budgets continue to shrink, Malcolm Morley explains why it is vital for all councils to change the way they think, behave and perform in the context of commercialisation
Jessica Studdert breaks down the Government’s recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, and says a place-based focus is key to success
The shared society must be routed in communities
The prime minister's vision for a better, fairer Britain must begin in local communities, writes Cllr Judith Blake.