Analysis

Redefining the rules about resettlement

Redefining the rules about resettlement
By Hiba Mahamadi | December 5, 2018

Andy Burnham threatened to pull Greater Manchester out of the asylum resettlement scheme - igniting the debate about refugee dispersal. But forcing councils to take on more families without more funding will make the problem worse, says the sector.

  • Breaking down the barriers to change

    By Heather Jameson | December 4, 2018

    A survey of local authority chief executives and directors by The MJ and BT found strong resistance to transformational change among their management teams. The issues were discussed at a round table with senior staff in the Midlands

  • Digital exclusion is London’s challenge

    By Ann McGauran | November 28, 2018

    Exclusive: A new survey of London councillors shows digital exclusion is seen as their biggest challenge – and suggests there is some way to go before most residents fully trust public sector bodies to handle data securely. Ann McGauran reports

  • Opportunities for the brave lie ahead

    By Ann McGauran | November 28, 2018

    How can local authorities best harness the talents of their future workforce – and could councils be replaced by entirely new sorts of organisations? Ann McGauran reports on a recent round table debate hosted by Penna considering the big questions

  • Is AI a big opportunity or merely Big Brother?

    By Michael Burton | November 21, 2018

    Artificial intelligence could streamline the delivery of council services but are local authorities or indeed their residents ready for such change? A recent round table debate hosted by The MJ and Zurich Municipal examined these key questions as [..]

 
 

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