• A fresh vision

    08 March 2022

    A new report from Newton and the County Councils Network presents a vision for what the future of children’s social care could be and defines an optimised model for delivering it, say Luke Tregidgo and James Maker.

  • A nuanced approach to levelling up is needed

    26 May 2021

    As Nicola Beach becomes the chair of the Association of County Chief Executives, she looks at the challenges ahead.

  • At times like this local government comes into its own

    07 April 2020

    Anthony May looks at how local government has ‘pivoted to this new normal, perhaps faster than anyone could imagine’ – but many unresolved issues remain.

  • The pressure is building to talk less about climate change and do more

    12 February 2020

    The incentives to act on tackling climate change are clear and present, but none of us has all the answers, says Anthony May. Learning together as a community of local authorities will enable better, more consistent and coherent plans, he adds.

  • Let's ensure the sector gets heard above the post-election hubbub

    27 November 2019

    To get its voice heard by an incoming government, the sector should unite around the main themes - including funding, national policies for both adults and children's services, place-making, infrastructure and more, says Anthony May.

  • York’s rural champions

    06 November 2019

    North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.

  • Moving up to the next level

    23 October 2019

    Earlier this year, Suffolk CC’s peer challenge report said the time was right to drive leadership further, and ‘be bolder’. So how are leader Matthew Hicks and chief executive Nicola Beach faring? Ann McGauran reports

  • New audit code to bring commentary requirement

    30 August 2019

    Auditors will have to issue a commentary on councils’ financial sustainability, governance and how they are improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness under a new code.

  • Shared ambitions

    26 June 2019

    Colleagues shared their ‘passion, energy and commitment’ at the Association of County Chief Executives spring seminar despite uncertainty in virtually every local government agenda, says Anthony May

  • Striking the right balance

    26 June 2019

    The County Councils' Network's journey over the past six years has shown just how crucial striking the right balance is to being an effective special interest group, says James Maker