• The place of possibilities

    11 June 2024

    As the sector’s brightest and best gear up for The MJ Awards 2024, Sarah Norman reflects on Barnsley MBC’s time as The MJ Local Authority of the Year, and sets out the council’s future ambitions.

  • Mission: Possible

    05 June 2024

    Work is underway to develop a practical solution, in collaboration with local authorities, for delivering big changes in how local government services work. Theo Blackwell and Andrew Greenway explain.

  • A vision for tomorrow

    28 May 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.

  • How we can build an AI foundation

    01 May 2024

    James Johns analyses the perceived lack of trust in AI technology and says it’s time to take the right steps to making it work for your organisation.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • Gauging the benefit of productivity plans

    30 April 2024

    At the least the new Government requirement for productivity plans will give a platform for authorities to show to their residents, and central government, all they have achieved through improving their efficiency and effectiveness, says Abdool Kara.

  • Taking the PPMA from strength to strength

    26 April 2024

    New president Pam Parkes shares her vision for the PPMA, and sets out the seven areas she will focus on.

  • Productivity matters

    23 April 2024

    Nicole Wood says the sector 'can and should bring our corporate, digital, people and commercial capability together to answer whether we are delivering productivity and what opportunity there is to do more'.

  • Gaining skills: Overcoming the barriers in Great Yarmouth

    22 April 2024

    Great Yarmouth's skills and employability strategy will provide a positive, collaborative framework for the council and its partners and It will leave residents well placed for careers that improve their lives and those of their families, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Steering a way through the AI challenge

    22 April 2024

    AI offers so much for adult social care practice, but for all the potential, there are plenty of pitfalls. Caroline Green provides some advice on navigating the challenge,

  • Deployment of AI technologies must be guided by a robust framework

    26 March 2024

    The local government sector knows the best ways to serve local communities and is best placed to integrate new technology to deliver wider benefits, says Cllr Shaun Davies.

  • Future Forum: ‘Future is bright’ with AI

    21 March 2024

    The sector has been urged to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reject ‘scaremongering’ at The MJ's Future Forum today.

  • Daring to care pays off

    20 March 2024

    Integrated Care Boards face many challenges, yet one year on from her review, Patricia Hewitt offers an upbeat assessment and, says Aidan Rave, there is indeed room for optimism.

  • Choice of a new generation

    20 March 2024

    Now is a pivotal moment for councils to start developing strategies to engage with Generation Z, and in doing so start to rethink the future of local government, says Victoria Evans.

  • Governing the local AI revolution

    13 March 2024

    A nuanced approach to governance is needed to successfully navigate the challenge of integrating AI within local authorities, say Amardeep Gill and Jonathan Werran.

  • Lack of AI policies could have 'catastrophic consequences'

    22 February 2024

    More than three out of four UK councils do not have usage policies for artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, according to data obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Risk/reward – the AI lessons

    20 February 2024

    The responsible integration of powerful AI foundation models into local government will require a process of continual learning and iteration, says Elliot Jones.

  • Don’t fall for all the hype behind AI

    20 February 2024

    Natalie Cramp talks to Ann McGauran about some of the opportunities, risks and challenges emerging from the use of data and AI in local government.

  • Working with Government can deliver real dividends

    15 February 2024

    Collaboration with Government can achieve real results for communities and councils should not be afraid of embracing productivity, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • It’s time for a ‘big bang’ to fix our workforce

    06 February 2024

    'There is a need to rethink workloads across the public sector, to harness new technologies to do the grunt work while staff focus on the things only people can provide', says Heather Jameson.