• 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.

  • Stand united and speak with one voice for public services

    24 January 2018

    Voices in local government are not being raised in union, and this needs to change, writes Heather Jameson.

  • It lies within our power to change how our organisations work

    16 January 2018

    Building the learning organisation is not an officer agenda. Gavin Jones explains why it is worthwhile navigating the tensions to reap benefits not only for local authorities, but also for their residents.

  • Council tax is a regressive tax - it's time to do something

    11 January 2018

    With a tax based on 1991 property values, the decks are firmly stacked against a sector that is already facing a cliff edge in 2020, writes Jo Miller.

  • Southwark appoints new strategic director of housing

    05 December 2017

    Southwark LBC’s new strategic director of housing and modernisation has worked in the public sector for more than two decades.

  • Balance control with trust for good children's services

    01 December 2017

    A good children’s service requires chief executives to strike a balance between trusting their staff and monitoring them, the SOLACE spokesperson for children and families advised today.

  • Miller’s mischief

    07 November 2017

    ‘This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen’. So went the infamous words of the president.

  • Transparency, good record-keeping essential in emergencies

    06 November 2017

    Transparent decision-making and good record-keeping are essential in times of crises, a local government specialist at law firm Bevan Brittan has advised councils.

  • Mayors versus councils attitude is counterproductive, warns CIPFA chief

    02 November 2017

    Local authorities should not view metro mayors with distrust, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) has advised.

  • Whitehall's failure to consult sector has led to 'poor policy'

    02 November 2017

    The Government’s failure to co-produce its strategies with local government has led to ‘poor policy’, the country’s leading chief executive has said.

  • Work with us, SOLACE tells Whitehall and Westminster

    02 November 2017

    Whitehall and Westminster must collaborate with local government if poor policy decisions are to be avoided, the president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers has said.

  • Traditional chief executive skillset 'not enough'

    31 October 2017

    Exclusive: The MJ/SOLACE survey calls for leadership to continue developing to cope with an environment that has ‘multiple bottom lines’

  • The future's bright, say chief executives

    31 October 2017

    As chief executives convene in Trafford for the SOLACE Summit, Dan Peters reveals the findings of a fresh survey of council bosses, and Piali Das Gupta explains what the results tell us.

  • A force for change

    31 October 2017

    The police are operating within a very similar context of austerity, uncertainty and technological change. Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner tells Sam Clayden how the force is adapting and why collaborative leadership is imperative in today’s world.

  • We're still growing; and so will you

    31 October 2017

    Graeme McDonald looks ahead to the SOLACE conference and highlights the organisation's continued commitment to development and transformation.

  • 'We need to keep evolving'

    31 October 2017

    The sand is shifting beneath the feet of council chief executives. Becky Shaw and Henry Kippin discuss the ethos behind the Ignite leadership programme and explain why it is more important than ever before that council bosses keep evolving. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Holding up the mirror

    31 October 2017

    Jo Miller speaks to Sam Clayden about the changes throughout her first year as SOLACE president and argues central government could learn a thing or two from its local counterpart.

  • SOLACE Summit 2017

    31 October 2017

    Keep up with all the latest news, opinion, interviews and analysis from the SOLACE Summit as chief executives convene in Trafford.