Improvement

  • Peer review proposal for pensions

    15 November 2019

    The Local Government Association peer review programme could be expanded to include council pension schemes, a new report has suggested.


  • Redefining what good looks like

    13 November 2019

    Impower’s annual top 10 list is a celebration of strong council performance and, as Jon Ainger explains, many local authorities have stepped up to the challenge.


  • EXCLUSIVE: England's top 10 councils revealed

    12 November 2019

    Calderdale MBC and Oxfordshire CC have clambered their way into consultancy Impower’s list of England’s most productive councils this year, The MJ can reveal.


  • Kirklees urged to invest in corporate centre

    12 November 2019

    Kirklees MBC should invest in its corporate centre and streamline decision-making to support both members and senior officers, a corporate peer challenge report has urged.


  • Northants reorg stalled amid election

    08 November 2019

    Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC have stalled amid the general election.


  • The secret is out – take the challenge

    06 November 2019

    The more the message is spread within councils, the stronger the Local Government Challenge has become 10 years on, say Cllr Paul Carter and Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • Improvement board formed for troubled council

    29 October 2019

    The Welsh Government has formed an improvement board to oversee changes at Merthyr Tydfil CBC after a review into the troubled council.


  • How to get the edge

    23 October 2019

    In The EDGEWORK Manifesto, Impower makes the case for a new approach to public sector leadership and consultancy, and explores the difference between ‘complicated’ and ‘complex’ issues. Ann McGauran reports


  • It’s the talent from within that will fix the sector

    23 October 2019

    The main theme of the Solace Summit in Birmingham was resilience and the radical reshaping of public services, says Heather Jameson. But as that city's leader says of his own council, there may be improvements, but we are not out of the woods.


  • Birmingham improving but there are still risks, says leader

    22 October 2019

    Birmingham City Council has made some improvements but there are still risks, the council’s leader Ian Ward has told The MJ.


  • New leadership role to boost place-based working

    02 October 2019

    Local government’s sole representative on the new National Leadership Centre’s (NLC) board wants to use her role to boost place-based ways of working.


  • Election and Brexit could hit peer review plans

    01 October 2019

    A General Election before March would put the Local Government Association (LGA) at risk of failing to deliver the number of peer challenges demanded by Whitehall.


  • Northants commissioner quits

    26 September 2019

    The commissioner appointed to oversee children’s services at Northamptonshire CC has resigned.


  • Suspended deputy returns to work

    25 September 2019

    Thanet DC’s deputy chief executive Tim Willis is understood to have returned to work after six weeks suspended.


  • Somerset auditors recognise improved finances

    13 September 2019

    Somerset CC’s improved finances have been recognised by auditors, according to a report to be discussed next week.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Department 'ready' to help councils through Brexit

    12 September 2019

    Robert Jenrick has told The MJ his department ‘stands ready’ to guide councils through Brexit amid a review of the sector’s readiness for no-deal.


  • Council to change finance approach after review

    07 August 2019

    Warrington BC has ‘consistently overspent’ against parts of its budget and needs to change its approach to deliver services ‘from a more sustainable financial footing’.


  • Capita urged to make pension improvements

    05 August 2019

    Barnet Labour councillors have urged outsourcing firm Capita to make improvements to the authority’s pension scheme after thousands of mistakes were found.


  • New directors add to improvement pace

    02 August 2019

    Croydon LBC’s new executive director and director of early help and children’s social care have quickly made improvements to the council’s inadequate children’s services, Ofsted has said.


  • Second management overhaul for Grenfell council in two years

    24 July 2019

    Further changes will be made to Kensington & Chelsea LBC’s management structure to ‘make it fit for 2020 and beyond’.