• Doing things differently

    16 April 2024

    In the face of never-ending pressures councils are continuing to seek out ways to do things differently. But beneath the inevitable positivity is there a negative side to differentiation which could weaken prospects for councils? Paul Marinko reports

  • Reform author pushes back on devo criticisms

    10 April 2024

    The author of a report that proposed devolving NHS England’s £168bn budget and most services to local government has hit back at criticisms.

  • Embracing innovation in leadership recruitment

    03 April 2024

    Ben Parsonage offers some practical strategies for identifying leaders who can help promote innovation and creativity across your organisation.

  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.

  • Choice of a new generation

    20 March 2024

    Now is a pivotal moment for councils to start developing strategies to engage with Generation Z, and in doing so start to rethink the future of local government, says Victoria Evans.

  • Books and beyond

    13 March 2024

    Head of libraries at GLL Rebecca Gediking describes how innovation and adaptation are at the heart of a successful, modern library service.

  • Harnessing 5G’s transformative potential for future-ready digital infrastructures

    07 March 2024

    Cllr Neil Fawcett sets out why Oxfordshire CC jumped at the chance to lead the joint funding bid for the 5G IR (5G Innovation Regions) programme, for the benefit of local government and beyond.

  • Taking a risk-based approach to the switch to digital

    21 February 2024

    Robert Turnbull  of PA Consulting explains why a risk-based approach is key in the UK’s transition to a digital telephone system.

  • Rocket-booster for the UK’s economy

    06 February 2024

    Newcastle, ‘backbone of the UK economy’, is powered by unique natural assets and a drive to innovate that is fundamental to the future prospects of the UK and the wider world. Cllr Nick Kemp explains.

  • Stockton’s winning digital formula

    31 January 2024

    Stockton BC scooped the digital transformation award at The MJ Awards for its innovative approach to creating quality education, health and care plans. Cllr Lisa Evans reflects on the achievement.

  • Attracting the next generation of local government stars

    23 January 2024

    Luke Judd of Starfish Search reflects on a discussion they had with the ‘rising stars’ of local government as part of their Top Talent series run in conjunction with The MJ.

  • Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral

    22 January 2024

    'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the wholesale reform of the financial powers available to local government', says Mo Baines.

  • Is this the end of innovation?

    10 January 2024

    Is there a tendency among council members to play it safe and avoid risks? Norse Group and The MJ brought together chief executives and senior managers from across local government to ask if innovation is now a thing of the past for councils. Paul Marinko reports.

  • It’s crucial to preserve the future of local autonomy

    04 January 2024

    Leader of South Cambridgeshire DC Cllr Bridget Smith sets out why the UK Government should let local councils decide on the four-day week.

  • Government ‘stands ready to speak’ to any council on funding

    18 December 2023

    Local government minister Simon Hoare says the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement delivers ‘an above inflation increase’ and shows the Government’s commitment to supporting councils.

  • Will Oflog stifle innovation?

    04 December 2023

    Chief executive officer of Norse Group Justin Galliford considers the impact the new watchdog will have on local government.

  • Innovation keeps the wheels on social care

    27 November 2023

    With no prospects of long-term funding solutions, social care teams are having to focus on creative initiatives and partnership working – and the Autumn Statement has added to the pressure. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Climate action’s delicate high-wire act

    25 November 2023

    Jonathan Stephenson says reaching net zero is a monumental task that demands unity - a coming together of local authorities, the private sector, universities, and communities.

  • How government can support the retention of essential service delivery

    15 November 2023

    Senior consultant at CIPFA Penna Karima Dakhama looks at how local authorities through innovation can ensure the retention of essential service delivery across the UK.

  • Council told to focus on 'getting basics right'

    06 November 2023

    South Holland DC should focus on ‘getting the basics right’ before pushing ahead with more innovative improvement proposals, sector peers have reported.