• Future Forum: ICSs provide chance for culture change

    13 May 2022

    Integrated Care Systems (ICS) must not be ‘driven by structure,’ The MJ’s Future Forum heard today.

  • Council accepts peer review's call for change

    19 April 2022

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council has accepted a peer review’s calls for change after it found the authority’s culture was ‘inward-looking’.

  • Levelling up: the digital challenge

    12 April 2022

    The MJ and BT recently held a round table debate with nine leading council chief executives from the Midlands and the North to debate the challenges and opportunities from the digital revolution. Michael Burton reports.

  • Peer challenge criticises councillor infighting

    06 April 2022

    Councillors at Windsor & Maidenhead BC are ‘showing the council in a poor light’ according to a corporate peer challenge.

  • Councils end Russian twinning arrangements

    07 March 2022

    Councils are ending their twinning arrangements with Russian cities as a show of their opposition to the military action being carried out by Russia.

  • Getting on top of the climate crisis in South Derbyshire

    16 February 2022

    South Derbyshire DC has embedded tackling climate change into the council’s culture and its efforts have been recognised by Climate Emergency UK, says Allison Thomas.

  • Jackie’s funny turn

    09 February 2022

    Councils have never dodged the very serious business of debating difficult issues and making important decisions.

  • Edinburgh to be hit by costs after damning reviews

    07 February 2022

    Edinburgh City Council faces ‘significant ongoing costs’ to implement recommendations from independent investigations into the handling of historic child abuse allegations and poor councillor behaviour.

  • Council slashes heritage assets figure

    01 February 2022

    East Ayrshire Council has been found to have about half the number of heritage assets it had claimed following an investigation by auditors.

  • Supporting staff through crises

    26 January 2022

    David Bibby explains how leisure and cultural centre provider Everyone Active has been working with local authority partners to rise to the challenges of the pandemic and support the workforce.

  • Council faces £25m Games funding bill

    21 January 2022

    Birmingham City Council has been left to pick up another £25m for the staging of the Commonwealth Games after partners failed to come forward.

  • Ongoing tensions highlighted at Edinburgh

    13 December 2021

    An independent review of whistleblowing and the wider culture at Edinburgh City Council has highlighted the impact of ongoing tensions between elected members.

  • Cultural steps can get us back on our feet

    07 December 2021

    While evidence is growing that shows how important the arts can be for our health, Bob Neill says that the cultural sector should be seen as an ally in efforts to turbocharge our recovery from the pandemic.

  • Christmas treeson

    24 November 2021

    Regular festive Diary readers will recall past incarnations of our unofficial Worst Public Christmas Tree Award, designed to keep self-deprecating town halls on their toes.

  • Levels apart

    26 October 2021

    The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker barely hid his contempt for the slogans he ordered hapless ministers to push to the gullible media and public.

  • Art attack

    20 October 2021

    We art lovers had rather hoped that those Young British Artists had banished forever that most philistine of questions: ‘But is it art?’

  • St Albans festival pulls out all the stops

    06 October 2021

    National Graduate Development Programme trainee Thomas Wrench says councils’ investment in activities such as the St Albans International Organ festival will be fundamental to COVID-19 recovery and uniting communities.

  • Lifting up our high streets

    06 October 2021

    Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.

  • Community spirit and movie magic

    29 September 2021

    Paul Wheatley explains why a Leicestershire town’s cinema in the park is an innovative use of Welcome Back funding.

  • Waiting with anticipation for the levelling up White Paper

    27 September 2021

    Sheila Oxtoby says that like many in local government, she is keen to see whether the levelling up White Paper creates opportunities for more power and funding to be devolved to a local level.