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20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Transformation ‘largely left to smoulder on the back burner’

    By Dan Peters | June 21, 2019

    Five years ago the Service Transformation Challenge Panel was launched with the aim of delivering better outcomes in local public services. But a new report notes little progress since the UK EU membership referendum.

  • Searching locally for the antidote to populism

    By Ann McGauran | June 19, 2019

    How can local government leaders help cohesive communities to flourish in a time of growing populism and in the middle of a central political and policy vacuum? Ann McGauran reports

  • Investigating the homelessness challenge  on the Isle of Wight

    By Penny Galvin | June 18, 2019

    The fourth leg of the LG Challenge 2019 landed at Isle of Wight Council. Penny Galvin outlines how the participants performed on delivering a route from homelessness to housing

  • United view?

    By Ann McGauran | June 14, 2019

    Chair of the LGA Lord Porter says the smaller unitaries have ‘probably a larger number of councils close to the edge’. But as Ann McGauran reports, it may be hard to generalise about the financial health of this ‘disparate group’.

  • Accessing key drivers for partnership working

    By Michael Burton and Cliff Graham | June 12, 2019

    Access to skills, technology and investment were among the key reasons for local authorities to work with the private sector says a recent survey jointly commissioned by The MJ and Serco. Michael Burton reports

  • 'We've broken the social contract with people'

    June 9, 2019

    Former Society of Local Authority Chief Executives president Jo Miller is leaving her chief executive role at Doncaster MBC to take up a new local government post in New Zealand. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy.

  • Unchaining social value

    By Hiba Mahamadi | June 3, 2019

    A new report reveals some councils are building social value into their procurement – but that senior council decision makers must take more interest in securing broader benefits when commissioning services. Hiba Mahamadi investigates

  • Tackling child exploitation together

    By Ann McGauran | June 3, 2019

    A programme to support areas battling child exploitation has been launched by the Department for Education. Ann McGauran reports on how the £2m scheme will work with councils

  • Talking about the bespoke approach

    By Dan Peters | June 3, 2019

    Dan Peters reports from a recent round table hosted by The MJ and the National Audit Office, which explored new interest in and conditions for commercialisation as a process that can help councils save money and generate funds

  • The biggest challenge in local government

    By Heather Jameson | May 29, 2019

    Last week, James Brokenshire announced the reorganisation of Northamptonshire CC – a year later than was originally planned. Heather Jameson speaks to chief executive Theresa Grant and her commissioners on progress at the crisis-hit county.

  • 21st century leadership, technology and climate change

    By Max Wide | May 22, 2019

    A number of councils in the UK have declared a climate change emergency. Max Wide says that while better technologies will help, what’s really needed to change behaviour is ‘bold, artful and technologically aware leadership’

  • The cost of the care challenge

    By Michael Burton | May 22, 2019

    The recent collapse into administration of care provider Four Seasons has highlighted the huge financial pressures the sector faces. Michael Burton examines the figures