Analysis The MJ

20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • ‘Stop kicking us three steps back’

    By Dan Peters | February 12, 2020

    Our annual local government finance survey shows most councils are planning to raise council tax – and reveals support for fiscal devolution is by no means universal. Dan Peters reports.

  • Overcoming obstacles to digital change

    By Martin Ford | February 6, 2020

    The MJ and Fujitsu hosted a round table debate looking at managing the obstacles to digital change - to explore the issues councils currently face and some of the solutions discovered. Martin Ford reports.

  • Cyber Central transformation

    By Heather Jameson | February 5, 2020

    Rather than wait for a private developer to buy land next to the GCHQ building, the council stepped in to ensure the site is used for inclusive economic growth. Heather Jameson talks to acting chief executive of Cheltenham BC, Tim Atkins.

  • Examining the boarding school effect

    By Paul Marinko | February 2, 2020

    Councils appear to be reluctant to explore the option of placing the children they support at boarding schools, but Paul Marinko finds that the evidence points to improvements in outcomes.

  • Lessons for digital change from the new unitaries

    By Paul Marinko | January 29, 2020

    Nine months after the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset, what have been the lessons from implementing change programmes, especially digital change? Chief executives discussed the issue at a round table debate hosted by The MJ and BT.

  • Better reform for better lives

    By Ann McGauran | January 22, 2020

    Social care is being addressed as a priority in Number 10. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Julie Ogley talks to Ann McGauran about what she hopes will emerge.

  • Shining a strong light

    By Paul Marinko | January 22, 2020

    The Local Government Association is about to launch a review of its peer challenge process. Paul Marinko asks whether the approach is robust enough to meet the demands of a tough financial climate.

  • The MJ Data and Digital: Digitising democracy

    By Heather Jameson | January 16, 2020

    Digital minister for Taiwan, Audrey Tang has brought the openness and transparency she found on the internet to the government and created a system to crowdsource answers to policy problems. Heather Jameson reports

  • Pride in Camden

    By Heather Jameson | January 16, 2020

    Camden LBC's leader Georgia Gould and chief executive Jenny Rowlands explain to Heather Jameson how they are reshaping council meetings and pulling in their communities to create a modern, vibrant council of the future.

  • The people with the plan

    By Heather Jameson | January 16, 2020

    Barking and Dagenham LBC is now three years into a change programme that puts people at its heart. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Chris Naylor on the story so far.

  • A gap that will prove hard to close

    By Dan Peters | January 15, 2020

    Dan Peters investigates the scale of the funding challenge faced by the 32 councils told by the Government to bring their SEND funding deficit back into balance within three years.

  • Councils are faring well on finance

    By Heather Jameson | January 14, 2020

    Last month, CIPFA published its resilience index tool – and the picture for local government is better than expected. Heather Jameson looks at the data.