• Council delays four-day week decision

    21 February 2024

    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

    20 February 2024

    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

    13 February 2024

    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

    06 February 2024

    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

    06 February 2024

    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.

  • Staff shocks

    02 February 2024

    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?

    31 January 2024

    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

    29 January 2024

    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

    29 January 2024

    A watchdog has warned of ‘inadequate resourcing’ of environmental health and trading standards services by councils.

  • Funding announcement timing angers MPs

    25 January 2024

    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

    23 January 2024

    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'

    23 January 2024

    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

    17 January 2024

    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

    17 January 2024

    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’

    11 January 2024

    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

    10 January 2024

    Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Driving the green agenda

    10 January 2024

    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

    09 January 2024

    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

    20 December 2023

    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

    13 December 2023

    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.