• Councils and housing associations collaborating: More than the sum of their parts

    06 February 2018

    A joint venture between Gateshead Council and a housing association is a prime example of why the two sectors need to work together if they are going to help address the growing housing crisis in the country.

  • Place-based policymaking post-Brexit

    24 January 2018

    Professor Gerry Stoker argues that Britain’s challenge post-Brexit requires a new style of national policymaking that breaks with the traditional one-size-fits-all mindset.

  • Three reasons why the Industrial Strategy is shortsighted

    27 November 2017

    Jessica Studdert says the message to local government in today's Industrial Strategy white paper is clear: we might devolve, just not to you.

  • We need intellectual bandwidth, capacity and resources to halt a children's crisis

    04 October 2017

    A crisis is coming to children’s services and the Government has yet to acknowledge the problem, let alone respond, writes Adam Lent.

  • Jones: Government fully committed to rates retention

    14 September 2017

    Local government minister Marcus Jones has insisted the Government is ‘still fully committed to proceeding with’ business rates retention.

  • Are we prepared for the looming technological revolution?

    13 September 2017

    We urgently need a public inquiry to answer the tough questions about the technological revolution soon to sweep the public sector, argues Adam Lent

  • What do local authorities really need from the next Government?

    06 June 2017

    Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.

  • Governance for the 21st century

    06 June 2017

    To avoid being buffeted by national inaction, local government now needs to grow a clearer model for social, economic and cultural impacts itself, writes Jessica Studdert.

  • Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto

    16 May 2017

    The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.

  • In the same boat?

    05 April 2017

    Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible

  • Don't be embarrassed about failing, councils told

    29 March 2017

    Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas and not be embarrassed about sharing failures, a report has urged.

  • Breaking through the glass ceiling

    14 March 2017

    The local government workforce is changing from an old boys’ club to a far more open environment for women, but the vast majority of chief executives are still men. Claire Porter explains the vital role of diversity in policy-making.

  • Bringing people along with us

    28 February 2017

    In his first public interview since taking over the helm at think-tank NLGN, Adam Lent speaks to Sam Clayden about his vision for the future of local government.

  • Deal breaker?

    28 February 2017

    As yet more devolution proposals face setbacks, Sam Clayden takes the temperature of the agenda and asks whether it truly has hit a brick wall

  • Devo deals threatened by DCLG’s lack of conviction

    28 February 2017

    Frustrations are mounting as the lack of government capacity threatens to scupper devolution deals across the country, The MJ has been told.

  • Sector warned to ‘plan for survival’

    21 February 2017

    Local authorities have been urged to stop being overly-optimistic and ‘plan for the worst’.

  • Firm foundations

    01 February 2017

    Jessica Studdert breaks down the Government’s recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, and says a place-based focus is key to success

  • Developing a creed to lead

    18 January 2017

    The role of councils and the way they operate is evolving dramatically to reflect the changing world. Claire Mansfield believes the workforce has to be front and centre if authorities are going to keep pace with change

  • ‘Ditch big, top-down solutions,’ councils told

    10 January 2017

    ‘Transformation is dead’ and should be replaced by rapid cycles of discovery and experimentation, Simon Parker, Redbridge LBC’s corporate director of strategy and former director of think-tank NLGN, has proclaimed.

  • ‘Increase autonomy, and reduce hierarcy’

    13 December 2016

    Creating workforce strategies to increase autonomy and reduce hierarchy should be an ‘absolute priority’ for councils, a new report has said.