Taking the ethical route to enforcement
Three years ago East Hampshire DC and Havant BC launched their own ethical trading company aimed at improving the environment, says Gill Kneller - and they're delivering a 'seamless and efficient enforcement service'.
Video conferencing has boosted partnership working
Use of video conferencing is helping local councils to achieve more, and the convenience factor is bringing many benefits for partnership working, says Michael Bracey.
Keep the faith: The importance of courage post coronavirus
COVID-19 has merely accelerated the changes that were already happening in our conurbations, says Matt Crompton. We will continue to create special places if we remain courageous, he adds.
Melting the boundaries after COVID
In our first virtual round table alongside recruiters Faerfield, chiefs from across the sector talk to Heather Jameson about the opportunities ahead to ‘build back better’ and reshape public services.
Policing the street population in the context of COVID-19
Dr Arabella Kyprianides and professors Ben Bradford and Clifford Stott examine how the challenges faced by police, local government and partner agencies when policing London’s street population are being addressed.
Time for some creative thinking on safeguarding
With many key partners having closed their doors, local authorities need to think differently about safeguarding children to make sure they don’t fall through the net, warns Anne Longfield.
Future Forum North: A partnership to deliver effective urban renewal
The English Cities Fund, a partnership between development and investment, presented a session on its projects at the Future Forum North. Its chairman Sir Michael Lyons describes its approach
Hull’s proactive approach to housing
Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.
Muse secures £650m Slough project
Muse Developments has been appointed to a £650m development described as one of the biggest in the UK.
Recognising the role of people power
Local communities are often the first responders in an emergency. Mike Adamson explains how the British Red Cross' new report calls for their role to be enshrined in law and help ensure a human-centred approach to disaster response.
Sheffield shows its Heart
John Mothersole explains how a smart approach to investment and development is promoting high street recovery in Sheffield
Our aim is to ensure no-one sleeps rough in Oxford
On World Homelessness Day, Linda Smith explains Oxford City Council's partnership approach to ensuring no one should have to sleep rough on the streets of the city.
Place-shaping with a Flourish!
Gavin Sneddon reviews Nesta’s board game that lets management teams reinvigorate their visionary capabilities.
Who are you talking to?
Who you regularly sit down with and who you talk to one-to-one makes a difference and who gets to talk to who varies from one authority to another, says Blair Mcpherson.
Ikea-owned firm strikes deal with council to build ‘flat-pack’ housing
Bristol City Council has reached an agreement with a Scandinavian firm that will see 200 ‘flat-pack’ homes built in the city.
The new outsourcing landscape
With the impact of austerity and the collapse of high-profile firms like Carillion, outsourcing is under pressure. Council chief executives gathered at a Serco/The MJ round table to look at the future of contracting out. Heather Jameson reports
The MJ Data and Digital: Getting digital right
Working on digital partnerships is fraught with pitfalls. Kirsty Cole and Melvyn Ingleson offer top tips for making sure you get the best out of your digital transformation deals.
The answer to the leadership question
Blair Mcpherson looks at how leaders have to come to terms with the apparent contradictions inherent in demonstrating leadership behaviour.
It all starts in the community
Pawda Tjoa of the New Local Government Network (NLGN) says a new community-led model is needed to shift the focus of children's services to prevention.
Councils owe it to citizens to investigate the possibilities of public cloud
Public cloud can help councils provide better, smarter and more efficient public services and is critical in helping managing costs, says Ian Sherring.