‘Things will probably not be the same again’

‘Things will probably not be the same again’
By Ann McGauran | March 31, 2020

John Henderson’s top-level military background is proving crucial to Staffordshire CC as it refocuses on responding to COVID-19, and he tells Ann McGauran the council is ‘being bent out of shape’ to ensure it delivers.

  • Where are your services on the Smart City journey?

    By Michael Burton | March 25, 2020

    With technology moving into the next era of 5G and AI, The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey into the extent that local authorities are using shared services to develop their Smart Cities and Places. Michael Burton reports.

  • Pulling together to help those in need

    By Dan Peters | March 25, 2020

    Jacqui Gedman tells Dan Peters that Kirkless MBC is up to the challenge of COVID-19, but it is ‘much bigger than the council – it’s a real community effort’.

  • How critical is the census?

    By Chris Mahony | March 25, 2020

    With the next census due to take place next year, just how crucial is it to local authorities’ abilities to plan services? Chris Mahony examines the issues.

  • Finding our levels

    By Heather Jameson | March 18, 2020

    While austerity could be over 'as a process and a direction', the spending spree may not be quite as generous as it first appears – and there will be more devolution deals to come. Heather Jameson digests the Budget with sector experts.


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