• Exploring a risk business

    19 September 2018

    What started out as a conversation with his chief executive, resulted in a dissertation on the impact of commercialisation on local authorities. Robert Weaver delves into the aspects of non-financial risk and its implications

  • Sector defends Wigan chief after abuse

    18 September 2018

    Local government figures have rallied around a chief executive after she was subjected to abuse on social media.

  • SOLACE: Peer reviews should be made mandatory and transparent

    24 August 2018

    Council chief executives have suggested that the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer reviews should be made ‘mandatory and transparent as they were originally intended to be’.

  • Don’t leave cyber security to chance

    01 August 2018

    When it comes to cyber security, it is time we prepared for the worst before it’s too late, writes William Benson.

  • Communications – an engaging issue

    27 June 2018

    Effective communication and engagement is a big challenge in an era of instant, accessible news. Jo Miller explains how proactivity and actually listening to people is a massive step in achieving this feat.

  • Morse to maintain audit standards

    25 June 2018

    National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse has insisted he will not lower the standards expected from local auditors despite market concentration and plummeting fees.

  • Double standards?

    20 June 2018

    When it comes to improving public services, what’s good for local government should be good for central government. Piali Das Gupta looks at why the latter can benefit from adopting the principles of the former

  • Bailey to oversee management review at North Somerset

    29 May 2018

    An ex-chief executive of Islington LBC, Local Partnerships and consultancy iMPOWER has been appointed interim boss and head of paid service at North Somerset Council.

  • Standards split between officers and councillors

    22 May 2018

    Councillors and officers are divided over the future of the standards regime, with politicians backing the existing approach dismissed as a ‘toothless tiger’ by officials.

  • Chiefs attack 'light touch' approach to standards

    18 May 2018

    England has been left with a ‘light touch approach to local government standards reliant on local codes, implementation and sanction,’ council chief executives have warned.

  • Raising the standard

    25 April 2018

    Graeme McDonald questions whether more needs to be done to promote standards and good conduct in the local government sector.

  • The journey towards wellbeing

    17 April 2018

    Five years since the transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities, Paul Najsarek, SOLACE lead for wellbeing and chief executive of Ealing LBC, reflects on the journey.

  • Top team support demand rising

    10 April 2018

    Demand for top team support has been increasing and is expected to rise further after next month’s local government elections, The MJ has learned.

  • Family fortunes

    20 March 2018

    Diary has always considered the Society of Local Authority Chief Executive’s (SOLACE) annual dinner to be something akin to a family wedding.

  • Finding the sector’s voice

    20 March 2018

    Mark Conrad summarises a lively round table discussion, hosted by the CIPFA in partnership with SOLACE, the LGA and The MJ, in which senior officials from across local government discuss the challenges and benefits of a unified vision for the sector.

  • Senior figures united in bid for increased sector funding

    20 March 2018

    Local government bodies have discussed jointly lobbying ministers over much-needed investment amid fears the scramble for a fair funding deal could tear apart the sector.

  • 'Big variances' in financial sustainability

    08 March 2018

    There are ‘big variances’ in how equipped councils are to respond to the financial challenges they face, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has warned.

  • Devolution framework 'almost done'

    09 February 2018

    The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.

  • Pressure grows for HRA cap action

    07 February 2018

    Key sector figures have piled further pressure on the Government over the Housing Revenue Account cap.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

    06 February 2018

    One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.