• Pitch perfect for the future

    11 June 2024

    The time is ripe for local leaders to prepare pitches for projects that can make a difference in their areas, writes Greg Clark.

  • Let's start again

    07 June 2024

    The next government will have to reset the relationship with councils and establish an equal partnership between local and national government, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • Probing the profit motive

    04 June 2024

    The County Councils’ Network has set out a blueprint for sustainable council services, including a call for a cap on the cost of children’s residential care placements. Ann McGauran reports.

  • What lies ahead for local government?

    04 June 2024

    With council coffers looking decidedly unhealthy, The MJ and Norse Group brought together senior managers and chiefs with money on their mind to discuss what the current financial year has in store for the sector. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Devolution needs to deliver for learners

    04 June 2024

    Graeme Atherton says further devolution of funding for skills provision has to be a core goal, but effective co-ordination of the multiple organisations involved in delivery is also vital.

  • Vicious cycle curbs prevention

    21 May 2024

    The significant variation across the country in the rates of children in care highlights the importance of preventative services, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • Costly housing crisis support crowds out prevention

    15 May 2024

    Jon Rowney says financial pressure on councils caused by the lack of affordable homes risks becoming overwhelming. 'A more outcomes-focused and systemic approach is needed.'

  • Doing the basics well helps us deal with the changes to come

    01 May 2024

    If the last 12 to 18 months has taught the sector anything, it is that volatility remains a watchword, says Adele Taylor: 'But we also need to play our part in controlling and managing what we can.'

  • Bridging the budget gap

    10 April 2024

    We haven’t even closed down the 2023-24 accounts yet and we are already starting to plan our 2025-26 medium-term financial strategy, says Tracie Langley.

  • Retrograde is no way to fund financial recovery

    26 March 2024

    If councils call out the Government for glossing over the facts, they must ensure terms such as balancing the budget and capitalisation are not matters of ‘spin’, says Rob Whiteman.

  • Growing public awareness is an important step in galvanising action

    25 March 2024

    With a General Election later this year, there’s a clear opportunity to build on the growing public awareness of the problems councils face, says Claire Kober.

  • Hail our local heroes

    25 March 2024

    Councils have proven their mettle – now give them the trust and respect they deserve, writes Baroness Sharon Taylor.

  • 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.

  • Investment in neighbourhood services could be a crucial vote winner

    20 March 2024

    'As we limp towards another General Election, we have yet to hear any comprehensive plans from across the political spectrum on how they would address the crisis in funding for neighbourhood services,' says Mo Baines.

  • Fighting fit in Stockport

    13 March 2024

    It may be testing times for councils, but Stockport MBC is pulling out the stops to ensure its residents of all ages stay healthy, happy – and independent, says Cllr Mark Hunter.

  • Tough times ahead for public services

    12 March 2024

    Public finances face their toughest outlook for 80 years and there is no magical solution on the horizon following the Spring Budget, writes Nicole Wood.

  • Watchdog warning over Moray's funding gap

    06 March 2024

    Moray Council must act quickly to shore up its finances, Audit Scotland has warned.

  • Local investment can reap national rewards

    06 March 2024

    Sir Bob Neill feels the Budget was an opportunity to provide financial aid for councils, which in turn will help the Government deliver national policies – but has the chancellor taken the chance?

  • Selling the family silver is a mistake

    06 March 2024

    The Government is Incentivising councils to sell off publicly-owned assets, 'but these flexibilities should not become business as usual and they are not a sufficient substitute for a reform of our broken funding system', warns Rob Whiteman.