Opinion

    A vision for tomorrow

    By Wendy Popplewell | May 28, 2024

    Wendy Popplewell shares insights as to how Microsoft 365’s AI tool, Copilot, is helping staff at Barnsley MBC spend less time on admin and more time with the community.

    Feel the power

    By Georgia Gould | May 28, 2024

    Cllr Georgia Gould explains what Camden LBC is doing to harness and enhance the passion of people in a bid to renew our communities and our country.

    District View

    By Caroline Green | May 29, 2024

    The speculation is over. Campaigning on steroids has begun for real and our election teams have swung into action to work their quiet magic in facilitating the democratic process.

    • Heather Jameson

    The MJ Comment: Election starting pistol shoots down all action

    By Heather Jameson | May 28, 2024

    Too much of the everyday process of running the country gets paused while national politicians court the electorate, says Heather Jameson. 'Is this really the best way to run the country in the 21st century?'

 
 

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