Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services
John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.
Public service plans raise ‘significant’ concerns
A row has broken out between Lancashire CC and local NHS bodies after ‘significant concerns’ were raised about controversial public service transformation proposals.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Being effective for the future
Responding to a recent article in The MJ, Deborah Cadman insists solutions must come from across public services - not simply local government.
Two of a kind
Buckinghamshire CC and Harrow LBC’s unique HR partnership not only cuts costs but allows the pair of authorities to retain specialist skills, generate income and improve resilience. Gillian Quinton explains
Finding solutions from within
Embedding data analysts in local authorities is increasingly becoming the norm. Dr Anuschka Muller encourages directors and chief executives to use internal analytical teams as a key consultancy partner
No more lies on finances
Martin Reeves and Rob Whiteman debunk the myths of the dire financial picture and call on the sector to have a real debate on the future of local government. Heather Jameson reports
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to stop the lies’
Key figures call for sector-wide debate on the future of local government amid claims of denials over finances.
West Midlands looking to thrive
The world is watching as the West Midlands Combined Authority paves the way for major mental health strategies. Norman Lamb explains how local leaders can make internationally significant changes.
Breaking barriers in Ealing
Sam Clayden explores how Ealing LBC's award-winning transformation programme improves outcomes for children and saves the authority millions.
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
The end for outsourcing?
The era of enormous outsourcing deals is now behind local government as contractors face headwinds and cut council contracts. Jamie Hailstone investigates the future landscape for outsourcing in the sector
Directors call for £1bn emergency funding
Councils could fail to meet to meet their statutory duties without ‘emergency’ government funding of £1bn, adult social care directors have warned.
Porter promoted to deputy
Luton Council’s corporate director for customer and commercial services, Robin Porter, has been promoted to deputy chief executive.
Children's services 'absent from devolution debates'
Overlooking children’s services in devolution discussions is a missed opportunity that is costing local authorities billions of pounds a year, a senior director has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed
The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.
Last year's local authority of the year
Leeds City Council took the top award in The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards. Mike Burton speaks to the council's chief executive, Tom Riordan.
Remodelling care for the digital age
Jos Creese makes the case for scaling up local digital care solutions while avoiding a repeat of the mistakes of the past
Let’s embrace the next steps
Matthew Cain looks at the challenges that must be faced as Hackney looks towards a truly digital future for its residents.