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    It makes good sense to diversify income

    By Simone Hines | June 5, 2020

    Some of the commentary on commerciality implies councils are going into these investments recklessly, and that is simply not the case, says Simone Hines. Continuing to be creative and innovative with council finances is going to be vital, she adds.

    Taking those first steps back from crisis

    By Darra Singh and Aidan Rave | June 5, 2020

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic what we don’t know far outweighs what we do, say Darra Singh and Aidan Rave. But they believe some emerging indicators will create a framework that could well guide the ‘post-crisis order’.

    The best managers are misfits and weirdos 

    By Blair Mcpherson | June 5, 2020

    Organisations with a higher tolerance of misfits and weirdos will benefit from their creativity, innovation, energy and enthusiasm, says Blair Mcpherson - and this will exceed the 'trouble' they cause. 

    Care after coronavirus

    By Magda Stainton | June 4, 2020

    Magda Stainton looks at what local authority adult social care needs to do to be sustainable in the ‘new normal’ life after COVID-19, and outlines how interim and permanent recruitment specialists can help them get there.

    • Jonathan Werran

    Protecting our social infrastructure

    By Jonathan Werran | June 4, 2020

    The needs of community infrastructure are as deserving of funding as the multi-billions being allocated in capital funding to our big state growth schemes, says Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran.

    Let’s look out for our residents

    By Deven Ghelani | June 3, 2020

    As the lockdown reduces it has never been more important for councils to proactively identify and target support for communities, says Deven Ghelani.

    What have we learned from London councils’ response to COVID-19?

    By Rebecca Eligon et al | June 3, 2020

    Rebecca Eligon and transformation lead colleagues from councils across London write of their ‘deep pride’ in the way local government has ‘really stepped up’ in response to COVID-19.

    Funding the long road to recovery

    By Anthony May | June 3, 2020

    The County Councils Network has set the 'income guarantee' that is crucially needed to address lost income streams at £5bn initially, says Anthony May - but the additional costs of coronavirus will still pose a medium-term challenge, too.

    • Heather Jameson

    Listen to the experts on the front line

    By Heather Jameson | June 3, 2020

    Heather Jameson says that if the Government’s mantra is that it will take the evidence over opinion and listen to reason, it should be listening to local government – those on the front line who have to deal with everyday issues.

    The Future of Local Government – no way back

    By John Knight | June 3, 2020

    The findings of a survey on the future impact of COVID-19 on councils provide an opportunity to consider ways to level up how services are delivered, says John Knight.

    • Donna Hall

    Let’s remake the state

    By Donna Hall | June 3, 2020

    The state is a centralised, broken mess, says Professor Donna Hall. Instead of getting the public behind a common enemy, we should be harnessing public anger to reimagine local public services.

    Children should not carry the cost of this crisis

    By Jenny Coles | June 3, 2020

    Emergency funding for the pandemic is welcome, but it is not enough to cover costs. Children should not bear the brunt of the cuts, says Jenny Coles.