• STP to ACS to ACO

    15 February 2018

    Diary is used to being kept on its toes by regular acronym changes in local government – but health is even worse for shifting abbreviations.

  • Culture shock: creating a changemaking culture

    14 February 2018

    Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert introduce four case studies of councils beginning to benefit from a changemaking culture shift.

  • Who is best placed to lead the integration of public services?

    13 February 2018

    Integration is the mot du jour in public services. But with so many initiatives to bring services together, John Copps explores who is best placed to lead the agenda.

  • Auditor in clarity call over savings

    01 February 2018

    Falkirk Council has responded encouragingly to previous concerns but needs effective leadership to deliver its five-year improvement programme, the Accounts Commission has said.

  • How digital innovation can aid new partnerships

    31 January 2018

    With council merger, combined authority and joint management plans especially active in the South West The MJ and BT hosted a round table dinner with prominent chief executives from the region to discuss how digital innovation can help progress cross-boundary collaboration. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Data changes pose imminent challenge to every council

    24 January 2018

    The new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May this year – presenting yet another challenge to the way authorities manage and share people’s information.

  • Is transformation an achievable task?

    24 January 2018

    Local authorities are pinning their hopes on service transformation to secure their future, but is it an impossible task? The MJ and PA Consulting hosted a round table discussion with leading local authority chief executives to consider options for service redesign while below a case study highlights a project at Hampshire CC.

  • Building new routes to better outcomes

    24 January 2018

    A unique partnership aims to improve service delivery and create social change by sharing knowledge and skills. Anna Randle, Alice Evans and Monica Needs explain.

  • Councils overhaul management teams

    23 January 2018

    Plymouth City Council and West Lindsey DC have announced significant management overhauls.

  • Is mananging behaviour the key to our resolutions?

    16 January 2018

    As it’s my first column of the new year, it would seem remiss not to talk about behaviour change. It’s the time of year we all think about our behaviours and how to improve them. That’s the nature of resolutions, no?

  • Change doesn't just happen; it's a process

    16 January 2018

    Change is vital, but those trying to affect change must truly understand what's going on at ground level, argues Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • McArdle to step down after 12 years

    11 January 2018

    Lincolnshire CC’s chief executive, Tony McArdle, has announced he will be stepping down after more than 12 years in the role.

  • Put failure demand on the radar

    10 January 2018

    Dr Andrew Larner examines how customer satisfaction is directly linked to councils’ employee empowerment.

  • Town planner to fill boots of new chief executive

    02 January 2018

    A town planner from a real estate investment trust has been hired as Enfield LBC’s new executive director of regeneration and environmental services.

  • Four new directors to lead Aberdeen transformation

    22 December 2017

    Aberdeen City Council has appointed four new directors to lead a major transformation of the organisation.

  • Council withdraws objection to unitary authorities in Dorset

    14 December 2017

    Purbeck District Council has agreed to formally withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

  • Lawrenson in statutory services warning

    30 November 2017

    Councils that deliver social care will not have sustainable statutory services by 2019/20, the interim chief executive of Northamptonshire CC has predicted.

  • Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

    22 November 2017

    Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

  • Revitalising the forgotten borough

    22 November 2017

    Sam Clayden talks to three key figures from Redbridge LBC about managing the massive changes in culture and infrastructure in a place traditionally known for being conservative – with a small ‘c’

  • District voices are being heard in the transformation debate

    21 November 2017

    Cllr John Fuller believes district calls for transformation to be driven by bottom up solutions are filtering through to parliamentary debate.