• Don’t fall for all the hype behind AI

    20 February 2024

    Natalie Cramp talks to Ann McGauran about some of the opportunities, risks and challenges emerging from the use of data and AI in local government.

  • Senior Lib Dem calls for permitted development rights review

    19 February 2024

    A review of permitted development rights (PDRs) should take place before reforms are introduced to make it easier to convert commercial buildings or units into homes, a senior Lib Dem has said.

  • National Apprenticeship Week: Focusing on local talent needs

    02 February 2024

    A co-ordinated effort between businesses, metro mayors, local authorities, and the Government is required to implement a comprehensive national skills strategy, says Nicola Hay MBE.

  • Cities find their future

    15 January 2024

    Cllr John Merry looks back at Key Cities’ successes and considers what he would like the network and local government to achieve during the next decade.

  • Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

    10 January 2024

    The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’ of the workforce crisis.

  • How can council leaders address the retrofit skills conundrum?

    14 December 2023

    David Pierpoint explores how councils and social housing leaders can work to address their practical retrofit skills gap as they address their decarbonisation targets. 

  • Telford’s tale of success

    11 December 2023

    Deals galore and wise investment is breathing new life into ‘new town’ Telford, as Cllr Lee Carter explains.

  • True collaboration will be key to the success of devo in Surrey

    25 November 2023

    Cllr Tim Oliver says Surrey CC is looking forward to working with the Government and local partners to ensure all residents can feel the benefit of a Level 2 County Deal.

  • Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

    22 November 2023

    More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

  • Climate change: combatting fatalism

    13 November 2023

    Groundwork’s new strategy is one for a fair and green future in which people, places and nature thrive, says Graham Duxbury.

  • Shaping the post-pandemic workforce

    30 October 2023

    The Society of Personnel and Development Scotland (SPDS), which represents HR professionals across most of Scotland’s 32 councils, meets this week for its annual conference in St Andrews. Outgoing president Jane Fowler and incoming president Elaine Barrie outline the workforce challenges.

  • Upskill before it’s too late

    30 October 2023

    Decisive action is needed to improve local government recruitment and retention, says Peter Cudlip.

  • The modern recruiter: part coach, part athlete

    25 October 2023

    Katrina Whitby says recruitment is a team sport – and it’s time we take a serious look at the evolving skills and strategies necessary to attract and retain future talent.

  • Lifelong learning for chief executives

    18 October 2023

    This week Solace and the Local Government Association are launching the prototype of a new professional development offer to support chief executives through the complex challenges they face. Barry Quirk explains.

  • Realising the UK’s economic potential

    18 October 2023

    Solace is calling for a strengthened local government role in relation to improving the country’s economic prospects. Amy Harhoff explains.

  • A tactical shift that has boosted our services

    18 October 2023

    Angela Bremner explains how leadership coaching has transformed Together for Children’s people services and led to the creation of a new performance management programme for the company.

  • Skills devolution call

    17 October 2023

    Control of UK skills funding should be devolved to councils to ensure it is tailored to local jobs and economies, a national network of 27 cities has urged.

  • Labour to 'put communities in control’

    10 October 2023

    A raft of new mayors, combined authorities and devolved powers will be on offer should Labour win the General Election, the party’s conference heard this week.

  • From the frontline to future leadership

    09 October 2023

    Fiona Sutton-Wilson looks at the role lifelong learning and workforce development play in employer value proposition, and in creating career pathways to senior leadership

  • London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

    09 October 2023

    London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.