'New beginning' for Bristol after 'significant void'
Bristol City Council (BCC) ‘lost a year’ due to inertia caused by a lack of officer leadership, Local Government Association peers have been told.
Reassurance and revolution
Steve Mair closed the door to his office at Westminister City Council for good at the end of October. The future for local government’s top finance teams will involve ‘radical change,’ he predicts
EXCLUSIVE: Middle management delaying transformation
Transformational change is being delayed by staff resistance especially at middle management level, according to an exclusive survey of senior council directors and chief executives by The MJ and BT.
Overspend could hit £600,000 by March
South Lakeland DC is on track to overspend more than £500,000 by next spring if no action is taken.
High staff turnover at 'inadequate' Gloucestershire
Too many Gloucestershire children are experiencing frequent changes of social worker more than a year after the county council was judged inadequate by Ofsted.
The value of making better quality decisions
With finances becoming even more challenging, councils' focus needs to be on measuring the quality of the decision-making process, says Jon Ainger
Ann McGauran reveals the findings of a report that shows England’s local authorities still have some distance to go before their leadership teams truly reflect their local populations.
Opinions are essential for senior managers
It is essential for senior managers to be opinionated while not having a personal view, argues Blair McPherson
Taking solace in SOLACE
Being a public service leader has never been more difficult, according to Jo Miller, who – in the build up to this week’s Society of Local Authority Chief Executives conference – says that strong leadership is as important and rewarding as ever
Surrey’s A team starts its plan B
As counties across the country grapple with tougher, tighter budgets, Surrey CC’s has had its fair share of financial woes. Heather Jameson talks to Joanna Killian and her crack new top team about the rescue plan
Pared-down senior management would deliver 'significant savings'
A single senior management team for a new Nottinghamshire unitary would deliver ‘significant savings’ and improve service quality, the county council’s leader has claimed.
LGA to undertake comprehensive chiefs' survey for first time in nine years
Smith Square is to update its knowledge of chief executives and chief officers by organising a comprehensive survey for the first time in nine years.
Council withdraws from partnership to concentrate on transformation
Surrey CC’s human resources (HR) and organisational development (OD) departments have withdrawn for at least a year from a three-council partnership as the authority concentrates on transformation.
Suspended Sellgren leaves council
A council chief executive suspended for nine months after an independent review into problems faced by voters at the General Election has left the authority.
Rutland shakes-up management team
Rutland CC has shaken-up its senior management team, with three directors taking on new roles.
Peers suggest senior management restructure
Local Government Association peers have suggested there is an ‘opportunity to rethink’ Shropshire Council’s senior management structure.
EXCLUSIVE: Council faces tribunal flood
Lancashire CC is facing a deluge of employment tribunal claims from disgruntled former managers as it tries to recruit a permanent chief executive.
Northamptonshire finance officer who issued Section 114 quits
Northamptonshire CC’s chief finance officer has handed in his resignation weeks after issuing an early warning the council already risks missing key savings targets.
Brum 'not tackling issues quickly enough'
‘Crucial issues’ with the running of Birmingham City Council raised by Lord Kerslake in a report four years ago have ‘not been tackled quickly enough,’ the authority has been told.
Northamptonshire intervention bolsters sector's credit quality
Local government’s high credit quality has been bolstered by the Government’s intervention at Northamptonshire, an expert has said.