• Innovating for a fairer start

    12 May 2021

    Early years and education is one of Nesta’s three focus areas for the next decade. Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.

  • How technology can help transform person-centred care 

    10 May 2021

    The MJ Advertorial: Mark Kennion, Head of Public Sector at HAS Technology looks at how to put technology at the heart of service delivery for social care

  • Whole-system commissioning during the pandemic

    27 April 2021

    Ewan King and Naheed Chaudhry look at how discharge to assess has placed strain on relationships between councils and hospitals during COVID-19 – and at how to rebuild a health partnership with the NHS.

  • LGA calls for clarity on exit data request

    21 April 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) was blindsided by the Government’s demands for data on exit payments, it has emerged, and it is now asking for clarity.

  • Storm brewing over exit payment data demands

    15 April 2021

    Government demands for details of senior staff pay-offs have been branded ‘particularly pernicious’ and unfairly aimed at local government.

  • The importance of data and networks in advancing racial equality

    30 March 2021

    Over the last six months Graeme McDonald has been a commissioner on Tower Hamlets’ Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission. What stuck out for him in the recommendations from the final report?

  • Open source is the way forward for open democracy

    29 March 2021

    For local councils, open source has the potential to enable innovations and optimise the way they work, says Lora Botev of CitizenLab.

  • Councils face rise in demand for short-term care

    26 March 2021

    Councils have faced a 7% rise in demand for short-term support in the last four years and are dealing with an increase in new care requests from younger people, says a new report.

  • One eye on the data, the other on the future

    09 March 2021

    Tony Kirkham explains why the delivery of this year's budget at Newcastle City Council will be the most difficult one he has worked on in his 32 year career.

  • Support needed to sustain data innovations

    04 February 2021

    Developments in the use of data by councils could be lost without further investment and training, a new report has found.

  • Extremist fears over vaccine myths

    02 February 2021

    Far-right extremists are feared to be behind the circulation of coronavirus vaccine myths on social media, a director of public health has warned.

  • Councils submit latest financial data

    01 February 2021

    Councils have submitted their ninth data return on the pandemic-related pressures facing their finances.

  • Pandemic procurement failings and how technology can help

    25 January 2021

    Through leveraging digital marketplace technology, the Government would be able to ensure items are procured both quickly and at a low cost, says Garry Jones.

  • Steering care through crisis

    25 January 2021

    The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Four areas unprepared for Hong Kong 'surge arrival'

    19 January 2021

    Four local resilience forums have admitted they are unprepared for the potential arrival of thousands of Hong Kongers who are expected to move to UK.

  • Protecting the public through data analytics

    19 January 2021

    NHS Digital’s Neighbourhood View and multiple private dashboards can make a real difference to our understanding of the pandemic, says Tim Archer.

  • 'Hypersensitivity' on data sharing needs to be overcome

    14 January 2021

    Solace’s digital leadership chief says data-sharing is ‘about how we save lives’, and 'hypersensitivity' within the sector about the risks involved needs to be overcome.

  • Local leaders pile on vaccine pressure

    12 January 2021

    Frustrated local government leaders have piled pressure on ministers and officials over the speed and secrecy surrounding the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

  • Seeing the bigger picture

    12 January 2021

    Combining data in one place to build up a much fuller picture of what is happening within each area from a mental health perspective enables councils to have a comprehensive picture of prevalence, demand and support services, says Nick Clarke.

  • Learning the lessons from past pandemics

    07 January 2021

    Bob Gordon asks what we can learn from local responses to past pandemics. He says preparation, communication, coordination and accurate, timely, granular data are key.