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22 12 Best-Practice Best Practice


  • MJ HOUSING: Finding a place young people can call home

    By Damien Egan | December 3, 2018

    Lewisham LBC is committed to providing 1,000 social homes in the next four years, new council-owned homes for private rent, and more ‘pop-up’ modular developments. It’s a strategy with young people at its heart, says Mayor Damien Egan.

  • How to balance budgets while creating happiness

    By Donna Hall | November 30, 2018

    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

  • A tale of two cities

    By Martin Ford | November 28, 2018

    Martin Ford examines the results of different approaches to integration of health and social care in Nottingham and Manchester

  • Local authorities must pave the way on the Living Wage

    By Tess Lanning | November 27, 2018

    If we want to tackle the scourge of low pay and in-work poverty we must acknowledge the vital role of local authorities and encourage more to commit to paying a Living Wage, says Tess Lanning

  • Don’t risk your foundations

    By Don Peebles | November 21, 2018

    As investment by local authorities in land and buildings this year hits the ‘record breaking’ level of £4bn, Don Peebles warns them not to become too dependent on commercial income

  • Ofsted success driven by a team approach

    By Stuart Carlton | November 14, 2018

    A cross-directorate approach to supporting children’s services has been crucial to North Yorkshire CC achieving an outstanding rating by Ofsted across all the outcome judgements, says Stuart Carlton

  • Reassurance and revolution

    November 14, 2018

    Steve Mair closed the door to his office at Westminister City Council for good at the end of October. The future for local government’s top finance teams will involve ‘radical change,’ he predicts

  • Winner’s quest to build on success

    By Michael Burton | November 8, 2018

    As The MJ launches its 2019 awards Michael Burton reports on how winning the 2018 Local Authority of the Year category this year made an impact on Blackburn with Darwen Council

  • AI: A game-changer

    By Phil Sheen | November 7, 2018

    Intelligent automation will revolutionalise local government and innovative councils are already using it to save time and money, speed up service delivery and allow staff to focus on delivering more meaningful work, says Phil Sheen

  • The power of perceptions

    November 6, 2018

    Managing perceptions and changing behaviour are set to become critical for councils – and Mark Fletcher-Brown says what works in commerce could also be usefully applied in public services

  • The growing benefits of our green spaces

    By Alex Bailey | November 2, 2018

    A long term self-sustaining scheme in Adur and Worthing which uses the natural environment to help people overcome a range of health and wellbeing issues has clear benefits, says Alex Bailey

  • Cutting out the guesswork

    By Chris Naylor | November 2, 2018

    Barking & Dagenham LBC’s Borough Data Explorer is helping the council visualise the health, wellbeing and happiness of residents on a street-by-street, house-by-house basis, says Chris Naylor.