Analysis

Mind the gap

Mind the gap
By Dan Peters | February 14, 2019

The MJ/LGiU survey exposes the growing gap between the public’s expectations and councils’ ability to deliver – with nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) providing only ‘a little bit more’ than their statutory obligations.

  • Access all areas: the digital inclusion challenge

    By Martin Ford | February 13, 2019

    How can broadband access be spread to cover all areas, especially deprived sectors for whom access may be too expensive? This was one of the key questions posed to a round table hosted recently by The MJ and 6G Internet at The MJ Future Forum North.

  • Budgeting in the midst of crisis

    By Martin Ford | February 7, 2019

    Northamptonshire CC chief executive Theresa Grant spoke to The MJ about how one goes about tackling the most challenging budget in local government.

  • Making the most of our assets

    By Ann McGauran | February 6, 2019

    Incoming chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Graham Farrant thinks his new job to deliver a ‘really modern leading local authority’ is the best one available in local government right now, as Ann McGauran reports

  • Creating a new political dynamic in Dorset

    By Heather Jameson | February 6, 2019

    The first chief executive of the new unitary Dorset Council Matt Prosser talks to Heather Jameson about the process of bringing three ‘very different’ local authorities together to form one sustainable council for the future.

 
 

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