Kingston leads a new chapter for libraries
Joanne Moulton shares her experience of transforming libraries and preparing the service for a smarter future.
Creating community solutions
Barking & Dagenham LBC’s measures to develop physical and social infrastructure is not just the bottom line in terms of GDP but aim for a society where people can live more sustainable, independent lives. Chris Naylor explains.
A grand plan for the future of care
With social care firmly on the political agenda, Patrick O’Brien looks at the latest Localis report on joining up health and social care.
A bleak snapshot of social care
Sam Clayden analyses the findings of this year’s ADASS budget survey, which uncovers troubling trends for a sector already stretched to its limits.
Brokering constructive conversations
Co-production and engaging with residents can help implement new models of care, at a time when the issues are at their most ‘wicked’, writes Ewan King.
Salford’s successful healthcare transition
Salford’s Integrated Care Organisation, now a year old, is blazing a trail for future health and care systems, not just for the council, its local partners and Greater Manchester, but for the country as a whole. Sam Clayden reports.
Community capacity and the role of the state
Most council transformation plans feature a section on ‘community capacity building,’ but what does that mean and how should it be done? Graham Duxbury explains
Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être
Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future
Let local government be the lead commissioner of health and care
Professor Graeme Betts argues for local government to become the lead commissioner across the health and care system
Croydon's bold and budget-friendly alliance
Health and care integration is a cherished goal among politicians, civil servants and the NHS. Manju Shahul-Hameed explains why a cutting-edge partnership in Croydon now needs government backing to fulfil its potential
A new website and a new mindset
The way Teignbridge DC went about overhauling its new website has sparked a new way of thinking, says Nicola Bulbeck.
Surrey Heartlands in GM-style health devo deal
A Greater Manchester-style devolution deal has been struck in Surrey Heartlands.
The Deal makers
Donna Hall explains how a new strategy for Wigan MBC is laying the foundations to better manage demand and strengthen communities.
Smaller BIGGER Different
A project to deliver shared ambitions for Sutton as a place will mean the council working in different ways and being more flexible, agile, outward-looking and enterprising, writes Jessica Crowe.
What do local authorities really need from the next Government?
Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.
The public sector's response to extremism is still too disjointed
Tracie Evans suggests better pooling of council, schools, police, NHS, mental health and community resources would allow the public sector to identify and deal with potentially dangerous behaviour faster.
Success of health integration hinges on data sharing
Resolving data-sharing challenges is critical to the success of health and social care integration, the Government has been told.
How do we support the next generation of community leaders?
At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.
Why councils should put personalisation at the heart of their organisation
By focusing on personalisation, councils can transform their services from antiquated and out of touch to personable, intuitive and responsive, writes Craig Johnson.
An ecosystem is emerging outside of government which, Robert Pollock writes, is putting co-designed and outcome-oriented services into practice