• Transparency – more key than ever in the WhatsApp era

    02 November 2021

    Elizabeth Denham offers five recommendations to help Freedom of Information staff deal with requests at a time when the use of private correspondence channels is increasing.

  • How to build communities

    05 October 2021

    We need a long-term approach to investing in housing and placemaking that puts the needs of communities first, says Jonathan Werran – and greater transparency will restore local trust in the planning process.

  • Building forward in local government 

    30 September 2021

    Failure by the Government to recognise the great strides councils have made harnessing the positive power of technology during the pandemic would be a significant opportunity missed, says Pauline Yau.

  • What can councils do to stand up for fair tax conduct?

    07 June 2021

    This is Fair Tax Week. Rachel Bentley says councils across the UK need to lead the way on tax conduct and ensure their practices stand up to scrutiny.

  • We need to hear everyone’s voice

    16 March 2021

    Apparent attempts to stifle the voice of civil society are bad for all of us, says Dan Corry - and a plurality of voices is a key part of a healthy and thriving democracy.

  • Local government does a brilliant job in elections

    11 November 2020

    Ben Page 'cannot ever recall a UK election 'like the one Americans are currently fighting over'. He says it is 'sometimes worth remembering just how efficient and effective British local government is'.

  • In defence of algorithms and their value to public services

    04 September 2020

    Rather than turning our back on algorithms, the task is to make them better and the data they use more balanced and properly representative, argues Andrew Laird.

  • Leader of 'North Korea' council deposed

    03 September 2020

    The leader of a scandal-hit council compared to North Korea has been deposed after a vote of no confidence at a fiery meeting.

  • Chief executive payment decisions 'not lawful'

    17 April 2020

    ‘Proper procedures’ were not followed and decisions to make payments to a council chief executive were ‘not lawfully made,’ an independent investigation has found.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Fears over 'watered down' committee replacement

    19 November 2019

    Fears have been raised that the UK will be landed with a ‘watered-down replacement’ for the EU Committee of the Regions after Brexit.

  • We need to modernise and strengthen the electoral machinery

    18 September 2019

    Professor Toby James says there is a roadmap available that would put elections on the surer ground they require. Thankfully, the norms of civic duty and professionalism are strong, he adds.

  • The MJ Data and Digital: Digitising democracy

    18 September 2019

    Digital minister for Taiwan, Audrey Tang has brought the openness and transparency she found on the internet to the government and created a system to crowdsource answers to policy problems. Heather Jameson reports

  • Call for views on financial reporting

    18 September 2019

    The Government has called on the sector to feed into a review on the quality of the financial reporting of local authorities in England.

  • Provider chosen for transparency code

    02 September 2019

    Technology provider Byhiras has been selected to develop a platform that will ensure asset managers comply with the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) code of transparency.

  • Rebuilding trust is a long-term ambition

    06 August 2019

    Making local authority accounts more accessible to the modern-day user will help us shape a more transparent tomorrow, says Rob Whiteman

  • One in five councils failing to safeguard value, MPs warn

    15 March 2019

    One in five councils do not have proper arrangements in place to secure value for money for taxpayers, a new report has warned today.