• Ready for the revolution?

    18 September 2019

    With the rise of technology in the workplace, Nesta and The MJ asked local government frontline workers and staff about their councils’ approach to innovation. Heather Jameson reports on the results.

  • Time and resources biggest barrier to innovation - survey

    17 September 2019

    Only a third of frontline staff think their council is ready to innovate to face the challenges of the next decade, a survey by Nesta and The MJ has found.

  • Hitting the accelerator on integration

    05 September 2019

    A new report launched today at the Healthcare Innovation Expo outlines 15 practical actions for accelerating integrated care. Ewan King and Fiona Russell explain how the resource aims to help practitioners make better use of available evidence.

  • Future of work survey to inform thinking

    19 August 2019

    Local government workers have been invited to take part in a new survey on the future of work.

  • A robot takeover? Why the future of government is about innovation not machines

    19 August 2019

    Vicki Sellick explains why Nesta is launching a survey ahead of its Government Innovation Summit next month on how skilled public servants feel about making change in their role.

  • Council contributes to first UK sandscaping scheme

    06 August 2019

    North Norfolk DC has contributed to the UK’s first sandscaping scheme to prevent further erosion and flooding along its coastline.

  • First council to run water services in-house

    24 July 2019

    Nottingham City Council expects to save an estimated £64,000 a year after it becomes the first local authority to run its own water services in-house.

  • 'Mean, nasty, brutish and short'

    24 July 2019

    A recent reunion of the original cast of the late Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has led Paul Wheeler to ponder the 'barriers and pitfalls that have been erected in the path of future progress'.

  • Are reserves such a bad thing?

    09 July 2019

    The public naming of 11 councils deemed at risk of running out of cash reserves has thrown the spotlight on how this money should be spent. Gary Fielding says careful use of reserves can be the solution to a range of issues.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Improvement model proposed for troubled Brum

    08 July 2019

    Troubled Birmingham City Council has come up with plans for a new improvement model in its latest plans to avoid Government intervention.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brum's Baxendale quits for New Zealand

    08 July 2019

    Birmingham City Council chief executive Dawn Baxendale is departing to take up a new post at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand after just over a year in post.

  • ADCS conference: Children's services are in the red zone

    04 July 2019

    Children’s services are in the ‘red zone’ and could be ‘overwhelmed’ next year in the event of a one-year Spending Review, a senior director has warned.

  • Building a shared movement of local government pioneers

    01 July 2019

    Nesta is bringing together a pilot group of senior council officers who will test out new operating models to find more effective and sustainable ways to meet citizens’ needs, says Jenni Lloyd.

  • Improvement and innovation at your fingertips

    05 June 2019

    Dr Andrew Larner says iESE has developed an improvement and innovation model to support exchange of the latest local government practice that is inclusive and easy to use.

  • From customer experience to thriving community

    05 June 2019

    A design approach is still important to maintain, but the design rules for a community-centric approach can be fundamentally different to those of a customer-centric approach, says Dr Andrew Larner of iESE.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New protocol to ease council tensions

    04 June 2019

    A protocol encouraging best practice between councils will be drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA) as tensions grow around increasing out of area placements, The MJ understands.

  • Standing out from the crowdfunding

    27 March 2019

    CrowdFund London was developed by the GLA and Spacehive. James Parkinson says the public sector has an important role in enabling civic projects to come to fruition in this way – and the approach features in Nesta’s innovation compendium

  • ‘We want something totally transformational’

    27 March 2019

    A new book from Nesta brings together knowledge on innovatation. One process is the 100 Day Challenge. Ann McGauran outlines how this has been useful in bringing about system change in Essex.

  • Council should 'build on lessons learned' after critical review

    21 March 2019

    King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC should ‘build on the lessons learned’ from the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the council’s chief executive has said.

  • Three, the magic number

    26 September 2018

    Guy Robinson sings the praises of Hounslow LBC’s innovative three-stage commissioning model, and urges more authorities to follow