Donna Hall CBE is chair of the New Local Government Network and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Communities know best
The New Local Government Network has been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to its call for a social movement of public servants and communities, writes Donna Hall
It’s our time to step up
Donna Hall asks what local government and other public services can do to ‘glue society back together in our localities’ in the ‘complete absence of national social policy’.
Don’t be afraid to jump in the deep end
Donna Hall maintains that if we are serious about bringing about positive change we need to work out how our own behaviours influence the culture of an organisation or a team.
We need a public policy rewrite to fix social mobility
Donna Hall says the real burning issue at the heart of the social mobility debate is the need to fundamentally reboot the economy alongside local economies and develop a more effective national skills strategy.
A new social contract – the Community Paradigm
The time is right for a new vision for the future of our communities, according to Donna Hall – a paradigm shift in thinking that is as revolutionary and fundamental as Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s social contract.
A council’s culture eats its strategies for breakfast, dinner and tea
Rip up all those wordy strategies that hardly anyone even reads. They just don’t work, says Donna Hall. She describes a better way for council chief executives and leaders to spend their time.
Unlocking the power of people
Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.
How to balance budgets while creating happiness
Most councils are struggling to balance their social care budgets, but Wigan MBC generated a small surplus while radically remodelling services. Donna Hall shares her journey
Balancing demand is both a science and an art
Management of demand rejects the idea of cuts to achieve short-term aims, says Donna Hall.
Pushing for equality
Wigan MBC’s chief executive, Donna Hall, discusses her council’s positive gender pay gap.
Donna Hall: Let’s bring back the Audit Commission
Donna Hall believes Northamptonshire CC’s situation and the changing nature of chief executives’ roles means the sector needs a modern national body to support whole-place transformation.
The Deal makers
Donna Hall explains how a new strategy for Wigan MBC is laying the foundations to better manage demand and strengthen communities.
Cracking down on alcohol abuse
Alcohol abuse is blighting the lives of Greater Manchester’s residents. Now the council is taking action by joining up services to combat the problem, writes Donna Hall
A ray of sunshine for Wigan
Actively engaging with the community has allowed Wigan MBC to economically solve many service problems, including boosting social care. Donna Hall explains
Wigan and the art of building better self-reliance
Wigan Council has committed £2m of investment to deliver the authority’s non-statutory obligations, explains Donna Hall.
Winning Wigan makes wonderful things happen
Donna Hall explains how a tide of goodwill and global recognition has come to the town of Wigan.
Leading by example
Donna Hall reflects on her first year as chief executive of Wigan MBC.
Building on academic success
Wigan MBC has developed a collaborative model for school improvement – and reaping its rewards, says Donna Hall.
Alternative approach to adult social care
Growing pressures have persuaded Wigan MBC to take a different approach to adult social care, explains Donna Hall.
Not bad... for a district
Donna Hall looks at why district councils should be praised for their ambition, resourcefulness, and fortitude.