Time for a Duty of Public Value

Time for a Duty of Public Value

By Mo Baines | 09 July 2024

An expansive ‘Duty of Public Value', as opposed to Best Value would allow decisions to be made through the prism of the longer-term benefits of both the public purse and public good, writes Mo Baines


Fortifying local democracy

By Mo Baines | 03 June 2024

A new report points towards a failure from the perspective of councillors of devolution and local...


Council staff 'live in fear of abuse, assault or worse' - APSE study

By Mark Conrad | 03 June 2024

Council staff and members often live ‘in fear of abuse, assault or worse,’ experts have warned.


National Insurance devolution call

By Dan Peters | 10 May 2024

A ‘small share’ of around 5% of locally-generated National Insurance (NI) revenue should be devol...


Keeping local government relevant and meaningful

By Kathy O’Leary | 07 May 2024

Following the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, we need to recognise that social capital ma...


'Access all areas'

By Rebecca Rampat | 26 March 2024

Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat from executive recruitment specialists McLean Public highlight ...


Investment in neighbourhood services could be a crucial vote winner

By Mo Baines | 20 March 2024

'As we limp towards another General Election, we have yet to hear any comprehensive plans from ac...


Warnings over job cuts repercussions

By Martin Ford | 28 February 2024

Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the sen...


The first cuts are the deepest

By Martin Ford | 27 February 2024

Sector experts talk to Martin Ford about the effects of job cuts on councils’ resilience, the imp...


Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral

By Mo Baines | 22 January 2024

'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the ...


Councillor-officer relations coming under pressure

By Martin Ford | 20 December 2023

Relations between councillors and officers are being tested by the increasing financial pressures...