Taking a risk-based approach to the switch to digital
Robert Turnbull of PA Consulting explains why a risk-based approach is key in the UK’s transition to a digital telephone system.
Rocket-booster for the UK’s economy
Newcastle, ‘backbone of the UK economy’, is powered by unique natural assets and a drive to innovate that is fundamental to the future prospects of the UK and the wider world. Cllr Nick Kemp explains.
Stockton’s winning digital formula
Stockton BC scooped the digital transformation award at The MJ Awards for its innovative approach to creating quality education, health and care plans. Cllr Lisa Evans reflects on the achievement.
Attracting the next generation of local government stars
Luke Judd of Starfish Search reflects on a discussion they had with the ‘rising stars’ of local government as part of their Top Talent series run in conjunction with The MJ.
Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral
'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the wholesale reform of the financial powers available to local government', says Mo Baines.
Is this the end of innovation?
Is there a tendency among council members to play it safe and avoid risks? Norse Group and The MJ brought together chief executives and senior managers from across local government to ask if innovation is now a thing of the past for councils. Paul Marinko reports.
It’s crucial to preserve the future of local autonomy
Leader of South Cambridgeshire DC Cllr Bridget Smith sets out why the UK Government should let local councils decide on the four-day week.
Government ‘stands ready to speak’ to any council on funding
Local government minister Simon Hoare says the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement delivers ‘an above inflation increase’ and shows the Government’s commitment to supporting councils.
Will Oflog stifle innovation?
Chief executive officer of Norse Group Justin Galliford considers the impact the new watchdog will have on local government.
Innovation keeps the wheels on social care
With no prospects of long-term funding solutions, social care teams are having to focus on creative initiatives and partnership working – and the Autumn Statement has added to the pressure. Paul Marinko reports.
Climate action’s delicate high-wire act
Jonathan Stephenson says reaching net zero is a monumental task that demands unity - a coming together of local authorities, the private sector, universities, and communities.
How government can support the retention of essential service delivery
Senior consultant at CIPFA Penna Karima Dakhama looks at how local authorities through innovation can ensure the retention of essential service delivery across the UK.
Council told to focus on 'getting basics right'
South Holland DC should focus on ‘getting the basics right’ before pushing ahead with more innovative improvement proposals, sector peers have reported.
South Cambs issued Best Value notice over four-day week
The Government has issued a Best Value notice to South Cambridgeshire DC following 'concerns' about its trial of a four-day working week.
Why regional policy failed
A report looks at the lessons from in-depth interviews with experts on why UK regional policy has been a failure for 40 years. Ann McGauran reports from a fiery panel discussion on the findings.
Transforming Belfast: the power of innovation-led prosperity
By aligning strategy and investment, Belfast is increasingly globally visible as an innovation economy, says Sam Markey. He outlines the city’s transformation journey.
The UK’s cities have major untapped potential when it comes to innovation-led prosperity, says Chris Murray. He highlights the possible solutions to help unlock productivity.
Not for turning on the four-day week
Leader of South Cambridgeshire DC Cllr Bridget Smith sets out why the council is not backtracking on its trial of a four-day week in the face of Government opposition.
Realising the UK’s economic potential
Solace is calling for a strengthened local government role in relation to improving the country’s economic prospects. Amy Harhoff explains.
EXCLUSIVE: Sector to plot solutions for 'broken' finance system
Local government is planning to collectively come up with some innovative ideas about how the ‘broken’ finance system could be improved, The MJ has been told.