Positives we can take from the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s taken a crisis for people to recognise the vital roles performed by street cleaners and social care staff, as well as supermarket workers and delivery drivers, writes Claire Kober.
Councils are survivors
Claire Kober says that while the year ahead promises its up and downs, The MJ's columnists are united on the resilience of the sector and its ability to withstand whatever is thrown at it.
Beyond the supply and demand equation
While we need to rapidly increase the supply of new homes, simply building more will not be enough; what we build, not just how much we build, matters, says Claire Kober.
Can the party leaders cut through to the issues that matter most?
In the context of moving into almost presidential-style elections with a huge focus on party leaders, how will they cut through to speak to the issues that matter to people most, asks Claire Kober.
It's time to act on improving women's representation in local government
There are a raft of measures that could improve the under-representation of women in our council chambers - many of which are set out by the Fawcett Society, says Claire Kober.
Three thoughts on Brexit
Claire Kober offers three thoughts on Brexit - and says that as fantasy politics grips Westminster and Whitehall, it’s time for local government to do what it does best: delivering ambitious solutions to everyday challenges.
Spending Review needs to embody 'strategic, systematic change'
At the Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference, Claire Kober noted the biggest shift in terms of what felt different was the marked deterioration in chief executive's confidence that they can keep on weathering the funding storm.
Has the sector turned its back on the race to the bottom mentality?
We need to be honest in local government about the value of attracting high calibre people, according to Claire Kober.
How not to handle an announcement
The launch of a Stronger Towns Fund to give a boost to the Government hasn't exactly gone to plan, argues Claire Kober - instead it has been a masterclass in how not to handle a political announcement.
Local politicians must take the lead in uniting communities
Given the febrile atmosphere that surrounds public debate in the run-up to 29 March, local politicians must take the lead and work with partners to bring communities together, says Claire Kober.
More councils need to help drown out the voices of hatred
Many councils are leading the chorus which is starting to drown out the voices of hatred threatening local communities - but more need to join them, says Claire Kober.
Let's have less flash and more substance
What the public and local government want is less flash and more substance - fewer grand statements and some real investment instead, says Claire Kober
Now that the annual party conference season is over, Claire Kober says it's time to reflect on what policy commitments have been made. She argues the 'overwhelming emphasis on Brexit seems to have left public policy on the backbenches'.
It is not all doom and gloom
The IPPR's Commission on Economic Justice is presents a genuinely radical 10-part plan for economic reform to achieve prosperity and justice, writes Claire Kober.
Some uncomfortable truths for local government
Claire Kober says the public does not see the value of social care, which remains invisible in the eyes of many.
Claire Kober: Relationships are the foundation of political leadership
The goodwill and energy of partners from across the spectrum and that of the council’s managerial leadership are critical to success, writes Claire Kober.
Getting back to benchmarking
Claire Kober says understanding performance in both absolute and relative terms is really important in driving service improvements and better user outcomes
Kober: Politics is a team game. Councils nationally must unite
Claire Kober calls on local government politicians across the country to come together to argue for a fairer funding formula.
It is hard for women to progress in leadership - this is not a myth
On announcing plans to step down as leader and councillor in Haringey, Cllr Claire Kober has heard from many women about their difficulties reaching places of seniority.
Looking out for London
Cllr Claire Kober outlines London Councils’ main asks as we hurtle towards the Autumn Budget next week.