Innovation

  • 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.


  • Experiment and innovate to deliver better services, for less

    10 August 2017

    As Nesta announces the eight Welsh organisations to receive funding from a £5m programme to accelerate innovation in public services, Rob Ashelford offers some advice for other innovators.


  • Putting people first

    21 July 2017

    Both national and local government must seize opportunities to build new partnerships that tackle social challenges in a way that works for everyone by putting people first, writes Steve Reed.


  • Edinburgh gets £1.1bn City Deal

    21 July 2017

    A £1.1bn City Deal for Edinburgh and south-east Scotland was signed yesterday.


  • Councils are plugging the gap

    12 July 2017

    There are some who criticise local government for being bureaucratic and lacking in creativity. In reality, local councils are innovative in plugging the income gaps left by austerity says Paul O'Brien


  • Ministers accused of ducking pollution issue

    15 June 2017

    Council and professional bodies have accused ministers of passing responsibility for tackling illegal levels of air pollution to local authorities without clarity or adequate funding.


  • Bristol battles to save £5m

    15 June 2017

    Bristol City Council has made a raft of proposals for how to save more than £4.7m.