Council delays four-day week decision
South Cambridgeshire DC’s decision on whether to permanently adopt a four-day week has been put on hold as it awaits the Government’s next move.
Time to break the barriers
Nicola Chiverton argues there is more to be done in key areas such as social inclusion if the sector is to make a success of tackling its workforce crisis.
EDI – more than just letters
For recruiters it is more important than ever to ensure your equality, diversity and inclusion approach is clear and deep-rooted in your organisation, as Anj Popat and Jo Major explain.
Place shapers wanted
George Agyemang and Pete John of Penna share their experiences over the past few years on the leadership talent market for place, regeneration and growth, and have strong hopes for this year.
Welcome to a bright future
The benefits of developing the sector’s own talent is self-evident, says Cllr Abi Brown. By taking on a National Graduate Development Programme candidate, councils get extra capacity and capability to better reflect the communities they serve.
A new report from the County Councils' Network and PwC lays out some solutions to a complex sector recruitment problem that’s worsening by the year, says Simon Edwards.
Does the sector need to switch the narrative?
Is local government suffering from a case of bad PR? How can we positively raise its profile to inspire the next generation? Sally Wilson poses the questions as she looks to make 2024 ‘the year of positive stories’.
Solace: Marking 50 years in local government
With all the change that has happened over 50 years it feels like the time is right for another local government reset, says Graeme McDonald.
Watchdog warning over food standards resourcing
A watchdog has warned of ‘inadequate resourcing’ of environmental health and trading standards services by councils.
Funding announcement timing angers MPs
A ministerial statement revealing councils would receive an additional £500m for adult social care was released while the Public Accounts Committee was holding an evidence session on the subject.
Attracting the next generation of local government stars
Luke Judd of Starfish Search reflects on a discussion they had with the ‘rising stars’ of local government as part of their Top Talent series run in conjunction with The MJ.
Four day week clampdown a 'slippery slope'
A senior local government figure has struck back at Government efforts to curb the adoption of a four-day working week by councils.
Creative vision for Haringey
Haringey has appointed two leaders with a strong background in the creative world into the director of culture and creativity role as a job share. Heather Jameson reports.
Reflections on an active year for the sector
Jon Dilling, Toni Hall, Dawar Hashmi and Julie Towers of Penna share their talent market insights as we head into 2024.
Southend chief exec departure ‘appropriately planned’
Southend Council has said procedures surrounding the departure of its former chief executive Rob Polkinghorne were carried out correctly – although lessons can be learnt.
Awakening of a sleeping giant
Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.
Driving the green agenda
Maud Hollis discusses the crucial role of talent and leadership in local government’s journey to net zero.
Southampton chief steps down citing health concerns
Southampton City Council chief executive, Mike Harris, is to step down amid financial challenges that took a ‘significant’ toll on his health.
Care bosses ‘blindsided’ by foreign dependents ban
Social care bosses were ‘blindsided’ by ministers’ ban on international staff bringing dependents to the UK and fear an exodus from the sector, an expert has warned.
Balancing pressure and passion
There's a great need to get more people choosing a career in local government. But for those in the recruitment process it’s easy to forget why they got into the sector in the first place. Steve Guest gives his insights on the topic.