Analysis

Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston

Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston
By Ann McGauran | July 29, 2021

Kingston RLBC learned lessons from its COVID response that will change both the jobs staff do in future and where those roles are based. Tessa Cole talks to Ann McGauran about ‘a real shift and disruption in working practices’.

  • Eyeing up the horizon on reorganisation

    By Heather Jameson | July 27, 2021

    Heather Jameson looks at the latest round of reorganisation and asks: will it embolden councils to go for further restructures?

  • It’s only a win if everyone succeeds

    July 27, 2021

    For SIGOMA members – unitary and metropolitan councils across England – funding service fairly is the key, says Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • Is Boris in a jam on devo?

    By Heather Jameson | July 21, 2021

    Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech was designed to kick-start devolution, quash the critics and calm the blue wall. Heather Jameson asks, did it succeed?

  • Getting back in the groove

    By Heather Jameson | July 13, 2021

    As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.

 
 

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