Sam Clayden

  • NHS crisis for its 70th

    29 May 2018

    Two major reports this month said it would not be possible to maintain current levels of health and care service provision without passing the burden on to residents through increased taxes. Sam Clayden reports.


  • MPs are increasingly interested in local government issues

    16 May 2018

    The influential Public Accounts Committee has been busy investigating the major issues facing local government. Sam Clayden examines its latest report on the adult social care workforce and Dan Peters hears evidence presented to the committee on the sustainability of local authorities.


  • A fresh start for Salford

    09 May 2018

    Salford has seen a wave of regeneration in the past 30 years. Sam Clayden speaks to the council’s chief executive about its journey.


  • Building blocks for change

    01 May 2018

    Sam Clayden talks to Leeds City Council’s Richard Lewis about the strides being made within housebuilding and regeneration in a rapidly evolving city.


  • The sector’s latest health check

    01 May 2018

    Sam Clayden looks at the interim findings of Lord Darzi's health and care review.


  • A tale of two referendums

    04 April 2018

    Local government is desperate to be the source of fresh ideas for government in a post-Brexit world. Sam Clayden reports


  • Winning the UK regeneration game

    04 April 2018

    There has been a resurgence of urban regeneration in the UK, in part thanks to unique partnerships between the councils and private sector developers. Sam Clayden reports on a Morgan Sindall sponsored panel event, chaired by The MJ, at this year’s MIPIM conference


  • Councils continue to pay men more than women

    04 April 2018

    Council gender pay gaps vary wildly across the sector, with the average council paying women 5% less than men, according to the latest data.


  • Holyrood debates scrapping council tax

    29 March 2018

    The Scottish Green Party has demanded an end to the ‘out of date, archaic, regressive’ council tax.


  • Seven steps to social care improvement

    28 March 2018

    The social care green paper announcement has reinforced the work that needs to be done to make the system work. Sam Clayden explains.


  • Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands

    05 March 2018

    Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.


  • Report demands new accountability powers for local government

    26 February 2018

    Academics have demanded a raft of tools to enable local government to hold to account the ‘chaotic network’ of agencies involved in providing public services.


  • Operation sanctuary: lessons to be learned

    26 February 2018

    A serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle has revealed a raft of learning for public bodies, national government and society. Sam Clayden speaks to the reports’ author and the agencies involved.


  • Javid confirms Dorset reorganisation plans

    26 February 2018

    The Government has given the green light to ‘historic’ reorganisation plans in Dorset.


  • 'A lot' of councils failing to look for widespread sexual exploitation

    23 February 2018

    Local authorities are not looking hard enough – or simply not willing – to uncover widespread systematic sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, the author of an independent report has warned.


  • Government to appoint commissioner to failing Bucks

    19 February 2018

    The Government has announced plans to send a commissioner to Buckinghamshire CC to turn around the authority’s long-failing children’s services.


  • What next for procurement under Brexit?

    14 February 2018

    Is now the time to set out some markers for how a future procurement regime might look post-Brexit? This was the subject debated by council chief executives and directors at a recent round table event hosted by The MJ in partnership with Marston Holdings. Sam Clayden reports.


  • Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down

    13 February 2018

    Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.


  • Gwynne demands Javid resignation for 'misleading' House of Commons

    06 February 2018

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.


  • Children's services: Improving under pressure

    06 February 2018

    A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the sector.