• 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

  • Pension fund makes local investment

    06 September 2018

    Strathclyde Pension Fund has agreed a £20m investment in companies developing innovative diagnostic, treatment or monitoring technologies.

  • A new vision of social care’s future

    01 August 2018

    The upcoming social care Green Paper needs to encourage innovative thinking and the idea that embracing technology can have a dramatic impact on delivery of social care. David Rees explains why, and how a partnership with Hampshire CC is already reaping dividends in these areas

  • Assistance you can count on

    01 August 2018

    Shropshire has been taking advantage of assisted technology to help deliver services across the county. Andy Begley looks at the benefits of tapping into the digital era.

  • Councils should hire a 'public entrepreneur' - report

    25 July 2018

    All councils should appoint a ‘public entrepreneur’ to lead innovation and transformation, a report today has urged.

  • COSLA in tourism tax call

    27 June 2018

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) president today called for more financial power for councils, starting with the discretion to introduce a tourism tax.

  • Highways maintenance backlog falls to £9bn

    20 March 2018

    The estimated highways maintenance backlog has fallen by almost 23% this year to £9.3bn from £12bn.

  • What we'll do as an integration pilot

    14 March 2018

    Linzi Roberts-Egan on what Waltham Forest LBC will do after being named an integration pilot by the Government.

  • Council to generate £1.7m from housing company

    02 February 2018

    South Cambridgeshire DC expects to fund nearly 10% of its overall budget in 2018/19 from income it will generate itself.

  • Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach

    04 January 2018

    A think-tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than a rigid redesign of structures.

  • Council defends end of broadband business

    04 January 2018

    Aylesbury Vale DC has defended its decision to sell the assets of its fibre broadband business less than three years after the company was incorporated.

  • Should public services be taking risks to innovate?

    31 October 2017

    Dan Corry argues local authorities and other public bodies should learn from the lessons of innovators in the third and private sectors, rather than necessarily taking the risks themselves.

  • Even in difficult times, we need to encourage innovation in social care

    16 October 2017

    Despite the current financial pressures, Ewan King argues innovation is needed now more than ever.

  • Putting together a workable business plan

    23 August 2017

    Rebecca Hazeldine outlines the key components in translating objectives and funding strategies into a workable business plan.