Call for more women in local government
Council leaders have admitted that the move towards gender balance in local government should be made at a ‘faster pace’.
Council apologises for pollution figures tampering
Cheshire East Council has apologised after admitting its air quality figures were deliberately tampered with for three years.
Scrutiny highlighted in Edinburgh review
A review into Edinburgh City Council’s former property service has highlighted the importance of an overview and scrutiny process.
A match made in WF
Blind Date recently returned to our screens, with Paul O’Grady stepping in to host the iconic programme previously fronted by the late Cilla Black.
White Van Man on . . . the summer holidays
So ministers have cleared off for their long summer holidays and good riddance to them.
Praying for time
Diary knows better than to join simmering rows about religion.
PODCAST: People, passion and progress
In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ leadership podcast Baroness Scott explains how Wiltshire CC has moved from an old-fashioned ethos to a modern business. Heather Jameson reports.
The true voice of the councillor
Rachel Wall and Colin Copus summarise the findings of a large-scale study of the challenges and ever-evolving tasks facing councillors today.rachel
Men dominate top roles at authorities
Female chief executives are outnumbered two to one even though women make up 78% of the local government workforce in England, new research has revealed.
You never can tell
Ordinarily, the fact that a councillor shares his or her name with a famous person is not enough to merit space in Diary, although it does often make us giggle into our lunchtime sandwich.
All change at Birmingham
Heather Jameson talks to Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy and interim chief executive Stella Manzie about the massive changes within the authority and the city as a whole.
Tower blaze council downplays cabinet changes
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has downplayed expected changes to its senior councillors after a petition with more than 1,500 signatures demanded the entire cabinet quit.
Basildon boss to step down after 13 years
Basildon BC’s long-serving chief executive is to step down from the role ahead of a management restructure.
‘Respect our councillors’
Elected members must be ‘bolder and braver’ in combating a ‘poverty of respect’ from outside bodies who fail to recognise their democratic mandate, an academic has urged.
Council finance chiefs urged to remain vigilant
Council chiefs must continue to remain vigilant in scanning ahead for warning signs of a financial crisis over the next decade, experts have warned.
Council chiefs urged to 'seize the day'
Local authorities should ‘seize the day’ to secure inward investment for their areas, a former Government adviser has urged.
Standards committee investigation after High Court ruling
A former deputy leader of Sandwell MBC who denies claims of serious misconduct in office will face a full investigation following a High Court ruling.
Authorities in ‘fear for the future,’ but coping – for now
Councils are confident they can cope financially in the coming year but fear for the future, a survey of local authority leaders and chief executives has revealed.
Sykes beats House to LGA Lib Dem role
A councillor who promised to bring a ‘no-nonsense approach’ to the role has been elected leader of the Local Government Association’s Lib Dem group.
Council moves to generate income
Test Valley BC expects to rake in £1.3m from a project to generate additional income this financial year.