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  • A developing story

    By Heather Jameson | November 29, 2018

    Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley about supporting house building and working with the LGA to regrow capacity within local government.

  • ‘Living wills are not enough on their own’

    By Hiba Mahamadi | November 27, 2018

    The post-Carillion move by the Government to get outsourcing companies to draw up ‘living wills’ to protect services  has been generally welcomed by the sector – but concerns remain, according to Hiba Mahamadi

  • Social media: steering a path

    By Dan Peters | November 23, 2018

    Research by The MJ and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives shows approximately seven out of 10 council bosses use Twitter for work – but Dan Peters wonders if they are making the most of the ‘huge benefits’ social media can offer

  • Ten of the best

    By Heather Jameson | November 22, 2018

    Which 10 councils get the best results? Consultancy firm iMPOWER claims to have found out by analysing service-based figures from 30 public datasets to create a productivity index for the 150 upper tier authorities. Heather Jameson reports

  • Doing it for themselves

    By Hiba Mahamadi | November 21, 2018

    Leaders from across the North may have rated last week’s meeting with the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry as a positive one - but the region is focusing now on ‘what we can do ourselves to make a real difference’. Hiba Mahamadi reports

  • Tackling the threat of terror together

    By Mark Conrad | November 16, 2018

    Mark Conrad recently attended Prevent Strategy Channel Panel training and witnessed the wide range of dilemmas facing frontline staff tackling radicalisation and terror threats.

  • The risk from cuts

    By Graham Atkins | November 14, 2018

    Children’s social care has become more efficient since 2010, but Graham Atkins argues this will be difficult to push further and cuts to wider services risk increasing demand

  • Kid’s care on a cliff edge

    By Martin Ford | November 13, 2018

    Following a report by ADCS that initial contacts made to children’s social care have increased by 78% over 10 years, Martin Ford finds out how council specialists are addressing the pressures to keep delivering as budgets dwindle

  • Local democracy reporters aid transparency

    By Dan Peters | November 7, 2018

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service – the new BBC scheme that attempts to fill the gap in the reporting of local democracy issues – is already having an impact, reports Dan Peters

  • SENDing a message to government

    By Ann McGauran | November 5, 2018

    With two councils awaiting the outcomes of judicial reviews into their plans to cut back spending on SEND services and a possible legal challenge for central government, Ann McGauran asks if more cash will be found to deal with 'a sense of crisis'

  • Changing places

    By Dan Peters | November 1, 2018

    Dan Peters reports on how the face of senior management in local government has changed since 2010.

  • High costs holding back adulthood social mobility in London

    By Ann McGauran | November 1, 2018

    The core cities are generally failing to match London’s performance on overall social mobility but the capital scores poorly during the adulthood life stage, reports Ann McGauran