Call for VOA cuts review
‘Significant cuts’ in Valuation Office Agency (VOA) staffing levels should be reviewed to ensure the organisation is ‘fit-for-purpose’ amid a backlog of 250,000 appeals, London Councils has said.
Council loses director in less than a year
A senior officer at Bury MBC has resigned less than a year after joining the authority.
Four paths to our future workforce
Max Wide looks ahead and asks how local government can avoid ending up as a set of ageing organisations, unable to appeal to and serve a new generation
EXCLUSIVE: Six-figure salary jobs on the rise
The number of council job openings with six-figure salaries has risen in recent years, research by The MJ has found.
EXCLUSIVE: Sector organisations to meet after high-profile chief departures
Talks have started between two local government organisations after two high-profile chief executives parted company with their council just months after being appointed.
EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call
Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.
It’s all about inclusion
Once at the forefront of diversity, local government is now struggling to keep up the momentum. A recent MJ/Green Park round table looked at some of the issues. Heather Jameson reports
Kerswell contract extended at Newham
Newham LBC has extended the interim contract of chief executive Katherine Kerswell by up to six months as it searches for a permanent appointment.
Future Forum North: Authenticity key in chief role
A top local government recruiter has encouraged council chief executives to be authentic.
Opportunities for the brave lie ahead
How can local authorities best harness the talents of their future workforce – and could councils be replaced by entirely new sorts of organisations? Ann McGauran reports on a recent round table debate hosted by Penna considering the big questions
Confidential applicant details published online
East Lindsey DC’s leader has apologised after the council published online the confidential details of people applying to be its new chief executive.
Working for a Brighter Future
Kath O’Dwyer reveals how an LGA review of Cheshire East Council’s organisational culture has been used as a springboard to improving the skills and experience of the workforce as well as encouraging employee retention
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Peer review watered down under pressure
Liverpool City Council’s corporate peer review was significantly watered down before publication after pressure from the authority, The MJ has learned.
Damning report on leadership diversity
‘Little progress’ is being made in increasing the diversity of senior leadership in local authorities, a report published today has found.
Seeing is believing
Jessica Mullinger says that despite having more access to information in front of us than ever before, the art of hiring the correct person to an interim role still requires a lot of discernment and a little bit of intelligence.
Bringing beauty back to life
How do you attract people to live and work in one of the loveliest places in Britain? That has been the big challenge facing the Isle of Wight Council and our partners in their drive to regenerate the economy of the South East’s smallest county. Dave Stewart explains.
Council leader faces opposition to chief executive choice
Lancashire CC’s leader is seeking to push through his preferred candidate for chief executive in the face of criticism from the Labour opposition.
Don’t forget the emotion
Kate Pearlman-Shaw says bringing emotions to the forefront is an important part of being an effective leader, and demonstrates the advanced people skills needed to lead an organisation successfully.
Millennials – love them or hate them?
The term millennials is being used and adopted more frequently around talent attraction and development strategies. This is hugely positive and encouraging to hear, however, far too often it is being used in a negative and derogatory way.