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20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Game-ready in Brum

    By Heather Jameson | July 25, 2022

    As the Commonwealth Games open next week, Birmingham City Council’s chief executive Deborah Cadman tells Heather Jameson they’ve been delivered in record time, with evidence of investment in every ward.

  • Risky business

    By Heather Jameson | July 21, 2022

    Amid growing concern over risky investments, ministers are introducing new powers to intervene in council finances. Heather Jameson looks at the triggers.

  • Banking on an impact

    By Paul Dinsdale | July 7, 2022

    The UK Infrastructure Bank has published its first strategic plan. How will it invest in local places and the public realm, and will its financial offer fit the needs of local government? Paul Dinsdale reports.

  • The case for civility

    By Heather Jameson | June 28, 2022

    Former leader of the LGA Labour group Nick Forbes talks to Heather Jameson about his experience of homophobic online abuse, his ‘political ambush’ local deselection and rediscovering the simple pleasures in life.

  • Tapping into the cities opportunity

    By Heather Jameson | June 28, 2022

    Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees talks to Heather Jameson about his new role as chair of Core Cities, and his vision of cities that connect to people locally, to each other and look out at the global stage.

  • Max calls councils out

    By Heather Jameson | June 24, 2022

    Former London borough chief Max Caller has carved out a niche for himself as a serial reviewer of failing authorities. He tells Heather Jameson what he has learned – and how councils can avoid collapse.

  • The new workforce: delivering services post-COVID

    By Paul Marinko | June 22, 2022

    Senior public sector officers discussed the challenges of recruitment and retention at a time of unprecedented competition for workers at a round table event in Warwickshire organised by West Midlands’ Employers and The MJ. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Growing pains

    By Ann McGauran | June 16, 2022

    The Commons Public Accounts Committee has accused the Government of a lack of transparency and accountability on the way the first round of the Levelling Up Fund was awarded. What needs to change? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Putting ICSs at the heart of health equality

    By Ann McGauran | June 15, 2022

    As Integrated Care Systems move onto a statutory footing in July, what is the best way they can tackle health inequalities? Ann McGauran reports from a recent Health Devolution Commission event.

  • Diversity and the role of leadership

    By Dawar Hashmi | June 13, 2022

    Dawar Hashmi reports from a panel convened by the Diversity in Local Government Leadership Network. He summarises how far we have come on the equalities, diversity and inclusion journey – but stresses how much more remains to be done.

  • Is cost of living aid enough?

    By Ann McGauran | June 9, 2022

    Ann McGauran reports on how the financial aid package provided by the chancellor will work in practice and the vital role councils will play in ensuring the cost of living burden is not felt by the most vulnerable in our society.

  • How councils keep public health top of the agenda

    By Professor Jim McManus | June 6, 2022

    It’s 175 years since England’s first municipal public health official was appointed, so how are local authorities performing at keeping people healthy? Professor Jim McManus takes the long view.