• Chief executives will get access to the guidance, knowledge and support they need

    20 August 2019

    Joanne Roney says she intends to ensure Solace provides accessible and self-managed development options to all in a timely and appropriate format.

  • MHCLG security review after knife attack

    16 August 2019

    Security will be reviewed across the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) estate after one of the department’s officials suffered a knife attack.

  • Public servants must work together to navigate turbulent times

    14 August 2019

    Graeme McDonald says the uncertain political waters we're in require greater emphasis on the need for genuine collaboration and on resisting the temptation to become entrenched in our organisational perspectives.

  • Solace steps back in time

    24 July 2019

    We all know local government loves a party.

  • Collaborative leadership for thriving places

    17 July 2019

    PlaceMakers is a programme that brings local leaders from all sectors together to develop a collective understanding of their place. Anna Randle and Alex Khaldi explain why single-sector leadership development programmes are not enough.

  • Going places

    17 July 2019

    Martin Reeves says despite the Treasury’s positive assessment of the Total Place pilots over a decade ago, the initiative fell off the radar. He calls on the new Prime Minister to ‘reinvigorate a successor’.

  • The current standards regime is not fit for purpose

    03 July 2019

    The recommendations within the Committee for Standards in Public Life report on local government standards must be taken seriously by the sector and Whitehall, says Graeme McDonald.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Miller in talent exodus warning

    04 June 2019

    The ‘vilification’ of public servants risks driving considerable talent out of local government, former president of chief executives’ organisation Solace, Jo Miller, has told The MJ.

  • 'We've broken the social contract with people'

    04 June 2019

    Former Society of Local Authority Chief Executives president Jo Miller is leaving her chief executive role at Doncaster MBC to take up a new local government post in New Zealand. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Treasurers reject financial management plan

    13 May 2019

    Treasurers have called for wholesale changes to a planned overhaul of financial management in councils as they rejected a draft code.

  • Elections staff left asking questions on EU poll payments

    24 April 2019

    Elections staff remain in the dark over the payments they will receive if the EU polls are cancelled.

  • Chiefs hit back at 'rich list'

    09 April 2019

    Chief executives have hit back at claims from the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group that more local authority staff are being paid six-figure salaries.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Community cropping up in more top roles

    02 April 2019

    The growing importance of community-focused roles has grown among senior management positions, according to research by The MJ.

  • Sector unites in call for Troubled Families funding

    19 March 2019

    The local government sector has urged the Treasury to continue funding the Troubled Families programme following a glowing report on its impact.

  • Local government employment down 2%

    19 March 2019

    Local government employment has fallen by 2% over the last year, new figures have shown.

  • End 'lazy language of austerity,' sector urged

    14 March 2019

    Government’s choice to target councils for cuts rather than austerity is to blame for local government’s financial woes, leading finance experts have argued.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Avoiding the precipice

    13 March 2019

    As councils seek ways to meet the funding gap, Martin Reeves and Rob Whiteman look at the implications for the future of public services and how we need a mature debate on prevention, accountability and joined up services. Heather Jameson reports

  • Former SOLACE president gets New Zealand role

    26 February 2019

    One of local government’s most high profile chief executives, Jo Miller, is leaving to take up a post in New Zealand.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing

    21 February 2019

    Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core

    13 February 2019

    Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.