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We need to involve people in difficult decisions about services

Involving residents in developing, delivering and evaluating controversial proposals, such as hospital closures, from the outset can only enhance plans, argues Ewan King.

Cyber security must be managed and understood at all levels

It is not a question of if we will be threatened by a cyber attack, but when, writes Jo Miller.

An early start is vital

The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.

PODCAST: Still leading from the front line

In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ podcast on leadership, Jim McMahon explains why he puts communities at the centre of everything – and central government needs to do the same after Brexit. Heather Jameson reports.

Cock-up or conspiracy: the impact of the General Election

Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible implications June's General Election could have on the local elections.

Small steps to fairer opportunities

Devolution of the work and health programme to London is helping the capital’s boroughs on their journey towards achieving inclusive growth. Peter John explains.

From the archive

The shadow of Clement Attlee

In a recent tidy-up here at MJ Towers we uncovered an old album of photographs taken in 1963 at a black tie Savoy dinner hosted by the then ‘Municipal Journal’.

Director's chair: The decline of local media

Latest readership figures for major regional papers show the pace of circulation decline is quickening.

Are our reserves good enough if the cuts kick-off?

Forget all the publicity over the John Lewis advert heralding the run-up to Christmas – November is way too early for that. The real countdown to the festive season follows the utterly misnamed Autumn Statement, writes Heather Jameson.