• Communities are the heroes of the East Hampshire story

    13 May 2024

    East Hampshire DC is working with its transformation adviser to create a compelling, 10 years ahead story about transforming its place, says Gill Kneller.

  • Let’s plan ahead

    01 May 2024

    Steve Guest warns of the importance of preparing our future leaders for the task ahead by creating ‘leadership space’ and incorporating more formal training and development – before it’s too late.

  • Strength in numbers

    30 April 2024

    Stronger Things comes at a crucial point, when delegates can set the agenda for a new government and put communities at the heart of that, as Katie Kelly explains.

  • Taking the PPMA from strength to strength

    26 April 2024

    New president Pam Parkes shares her vision for the PPMA, and sets out the seven areas she will focus on.

  • Transforming social housing: The task ahead for council teams

    16 April 2024

    Now that the new social housing regulatory regime is in place, housing teams are embracing the challenge as an opportunity for positive change despite the immense pressure councils face, says Caroline Green.

  • Tackling transformation in East Hants

    02 April 2024

    East Hampshire DC's focus is on making services easily accessible digitally, says Gill Kneller. 'We know this is how the vast majority want to do business with us and we are redesigning processes so they can do that.'

  • A duck by any other name?

    02 April 2024

    ‘Co-production’ has been one of the big buzzwords in public services for several years – but how can organisations design this into their thinking? Anthony Noun offers his insights using – among other things – lessons from a ‘Lego Duck Challenge’.

  • Devolve NHS England's £168bn budget to local government, says report

    02 April 2024

    NHS England’s £168bn budget should be handed to local government in a radical restructure, the Reform think-tank has suggested in a report today.

  • Auditors concerned by slow transformation

    27 March 2024

    Scotland’s Accounts Commission is ‘extremely concerned’ by slow transformation at Moray Council, which faces a £31m deficit despite years of warnings to improve.

  • Don’t leave finance professionals short-changed

    13 March 2024

    Andrew Tromans and Mizan Rouf outline the past and present recruitment challenges in public finance.

  • Watchdog warning over Moray's funding gap

    06 March 2024

    Moray Council must act quickly to shore up its finances, Audit Scotland has warned.

  • Economic growth with local talent at the fore

    20 February 2024

    With 22,000 civil service jobs moving out of London there are real opportunities for local authorities to work with the Government Property Agency to kickstart economic growth. Alan Whitelaw explains.

  • Local authorities in the spotlight: Hit the simplify button

    20 February 2024

    Service director at Peopletoo Selinda Chouhan sets out nine foundations local authorities need to have in place to support the delivery of improvement, transformation and change programmes.

  • Working with Government can deliver real dividends

    15 February 2024

    Collaboration with Government can achieve real results for communities and councils should not be afraid of embracing productivity, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • Creating a Centre for Population Health

    13 February 2024

    Professor Durka Dougall explains how the Centre for Population Health can support health and care leaders in prioritising a more equal future for everyone.

  • Time for a new economic playbook for place

    06 February 2024

    More than ever, place-making needs to be at the centre of what councils do and not at a single spatial level. A coherent national plan is needed, says Robin Tuddenham.

  • Revised Best Value notices for two authorities

    31 January 2024

    Two authorities have been issued with revised Best Value notices by ministers after it was found more improvement work was required.

  • Stockton’s winning digital formula

    31 January 2024

    Stockton BC scooped the digital transformation award at The MJ Awards for its innovative approach to creating quality education, health and care plans. Cllr Lisa Evans reflects on the achievement.

  • Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral

    22 January 2024

    'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the wholesale reform of the financial powers available to local government', says Mo Baines.

  • Dream big, start small

    22 January 2024

    Ann McGauran reports on the Local Government AI Summit, which was aimed at providing the sector with a deeper understanding of the technology’s potential to solve real problems.