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20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Building wealth from within

    By Tom Lloyd Goodwin | August 18, 2021

    Tom Lloyd Goodwin traces community wealth-building from its origins 13 years ago to the present, to both deepen understanding of the approach and inspire the uninitiated to take their first steps.

  • Mind the gap

    By Martin Ford | August 18, 2021

    An increasing number of senior managers in local government have announced their retirement and councils are finding it harder to recruit. Martin Ford examines the challenges and looks towards solutions.

  • Everybody has failed

    By Ann McGauran | August 10, 2021

    Children were ‘pawns in a toxic power game’, according to the report of the Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) in Lambeth. Ann McGauran asks if the council has learned all the lessons from its horrific past.

  • Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston

    By Ann McGauran | August 4, 2021

    Kingston RLBC learned lessons from its COVID response that will change both the jobs staff do in future and where those roles are based. Tessa Cole talks to Ann McGauran about ‘a real shift and disruption in working practices’.

  • Eyeing up the horizon on reorganisation

    By Heather Jameson | July 29, 2021

    Heather Jameson looks at the latest round of reorganisation and asks: will it embolden councils to go for further restructures?

  • It’s only a win if everyone succeeds

    July 28, 2021

    For SIGOMA members – unitary and metropolitan councils across England – funding service fairly is the key, says Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • Is Boris in a jam on devo?

    By Heather Jameson | July 27, 2021

    Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech was designed to kick-start devolution, quash the critics and calm the blue wall. Heather Jameson asks, did it succeed?

  • Getting back in the groove

    By Heather Jameson | July 21, 2021

    As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.

  • Slough’s services put children first

    By Ann McGauran | July 10, 2021

    In April, Slough’s independent children’s services trust became wholly owned by the council. Josie Wragg and Tony Hunter talk to Ann McGauran about their rapport and shared vision despite the local authority’s hugely challenging financial position.

  • ‘You’re going to get hit sometime’

    By Dan Peters | July 10, 2021

    A candid case study reveals that Redcar & Cleveland BC is still recovering from the impact of last year’s costly ransomware cyber attack. What are the lessons learned? Dan Peters reports.

  • ‘Something’s got to give’

    By Ann McGauran | July 8, 2021

    Death rates from COVID-19 in Greater Manchester are 25% higher than in England as a whole, says a new report. But is its framework for ‘Building Back Fairer’ likely to trigger real change? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Getting on with it

    By Ann McGauran | July 7, 2021

    Sarah Longlands has returned to CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies – as chief executive. She’s scathing about the Government’s approach to levelling up and believes it’s time for local places to seize control of their own destinies. Ann [..]