• The status quo on oversight of councillors' behaviour isn't acceptable

    05 April 2022

    We are concerned by the threats, intimidation and toxic debate that has come to characterise much of our public discourse, yet the Government is shunning an important opportunity to challenge a manifestation of it, says Claire Kober.

  • The Government’s response on standards is a missed opportunity

    22 March 2022

    The Government’s long-delayed response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life review of local government ethical standards falls short of what is required to improve governance, says Mark Greenburgh.

  • Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure

    14 March 2022

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.

  • Creating true value

    07 December 2021

    Local government must mark a decade of social value with purpose driven procurement, writes chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.

  • Helping citizens with the use of predictive analytics

    17 November 2021

    Through good governance and clear, ethical communication around the use of data and AI, we can create more efficient systems that truly benefit people, says Dr Thomas Chalk at Capita.

  • Getting the basics right on standards

    05 May 2021

    Joanne Roney says it is ‘high time’ the Government responded to the recommendations in the 2019 Committee for Standards in Public Life’s report on ethical standards in local government.

  • Committee bemoans 18-month delay to report response

    24 July 2020

    The Committee on Standards in Public Life has scolded ministers for taking 18 months to respond to its report on ethical standards in local government.

  • Creating ethical places to do business: a City Region perspective

    02 January 2020

    Professor Adam Tickell of Greater Brighton says it is only by working together as academics, government and business leaders that we can start to make sure that the economy delivers wealth for society as well as for shareholders.

  • Victims in the line of fire

    23 October 2019

    Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports

  • Putting our finances on a secure footing

    09 October 2019

    Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.

  • Fair tax is the way forward

    29 September 2019

    Shining a light on fair tax is a responsibility Oxford City Council is pleased to take on, says Cllr Tom Hayes - and he is glad to see others signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration.

  • Solace preview: Evolving our approach to ethics and standards

    18 September 2019

    Local government is well-placed to lead the way in evolving and supporting ethical standards to keep pace with challenging times, says Jacqui McKinley, who will speak at next month's Solace Summit 2019 in Birmingham.

  • Throw the officers under the bus

    16 July 2019

    In the wake of the events leading to the Darroch resignation, Blair Mcpherson says local government officers, like civil servants, are expected to provide impartial advice rather than tell politicians what they want to hear - and that means giving unvarnished assessments of proposed partners or contractors.

  • The current standards regime is not fit for purpose

    03 July 2019

    The recommendations within the Committee for Standards in Public Life report on local government standards must be taken seriously by the sector and Whitehall, says Graeme McDonald.

  • Information sharing tensions found in child harm review

    12 June 2019

    Legal and ethical tensions between maintaining confidentiality and sharing information are continuing, a review of some of the most serious child protection cases in Scotland has found.

  • Robots and Risk – what could possibly go wrong?

    12 June 2019

    David Forster says that while remarkable 4th Industrial Revolution projects offer opportunities to reshape service provision, managing risk in the age of machines will be the next big challenge for risk managers and heads of governance.

  • Do no evil 

    14 May 2019

    Defining integrity is easy, says Blair Mcpherson. The difficult part is applying it in a complex political environment such as local government.

  • Call for power to ban councillors

    30 January 2019

    Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.

  • New ethics guidance for under-pressure officers

    01 November 2018

    The organisation representing council finance officers has updated its ethics guidance as the pressure grows on public sector accountants.

  • Senior officers 'feel less secure'

    28 June 2018

    Senior officers are less empowered to speak out when they need to because they feel less secure, the leader of a review of local government ethical standards has said.