Best Practice

  • Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness

    By Seb Barker | November 27, 2019

    With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.

  • Once upon a place...

    By Susan Parsonage | November 27, 2019

    Susan Parsonage says the stories local leaders tell have tremendous power to remind us of our common purpose of transforming lives and places.

  • Recognising the role of people power

    By Mike Adamson | November 20, 2019

    Local communities are often the first responders in an emergency. Mike Adamson explains how the British Red Cross' new report calls for their role to be enshrined in law and help ensure a human-centred approach to disaster response.

  • Delivering cleaner air in Wigan

    By Matthew O'Neill | November 19, 2019

    Wigan MBC has appointed its first air quality officer. Matthew O’Neill says his appointment is the latest in a long list of efforts made by the council as it aspires to be carbon neutral by 2038 or sooner.


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