Any port in a storm?

Any port in a storm?
By Mark Conrad | August 7, 2018

As the risk of a ‘no deal’ crash-out of Europe intensifies, councils want Westminster to clarify plans to ease pressures on Britain’s port towns and stabilise local finances. Mark Conrad reports.

  • Challenges for London HR heads

    By Michael Burton | August 8, 2018

    Staff turnover, retention, skill shortages and culture change were among the issues discussed by a recent meeting of London HR heads chaired by The MJ’s Michael Burton who reports on the key conclusions.

  • Caught in the traffic lights

    By Heather Jameson | July 10, 2018

    As CIPFA members gather in Bournemouth for its annual conference, much attention will be paid to its proposals for a ‘resilience index’. Rob Whiteman explains to Heather Jameson why the system of self-regulation needs to change.

  • Breathing life into the high streets

    By Sam Clayden | July 4, 2018

    Sam Clayden looks at two new reports urging a full re-purposing of the British high street in response to the chaos caused by changing lifestyles and technological advances.

  • Countering terror locally

    By Mark Conrad | June 20, 2018

    With the announcement of the Government’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy following on from other major reviews into policing and safety, Mark Conrad looks at what it all means for local authorities.


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