Innovation

  • Chief executives' development programme launched

    14 June 2024

    A first-of-its-kind development programme designed to meet the needs and future challenges of chief executives from councils across the country has been opened to applications.


  • The place of possibilities

    11 June 2024

    As the sector’s brightest and best gear up for The MJ Awards 2024, Sarah Norman reflects on Barnsley MBC’s time as The MJ Local Authority of the Year, and sets out the council’s future ambitions.


  • Mission: Possible

    05 June 2024

    Work is underway to develop a practical solution, in collaboration with local authorities, for delivering big changes in how local government services work. Theo Blackwell and Andrew Greenway explain.


  • Reform required to unleash preventative approach, says report

    21 May 2024

    Central government reforms are needed to help innovation in preventative services at a local level, a report has found.


  • MJ Regen: Finding solutions together

    14 May 2024

    This year’s UKREiiF event is set to premiere a new how-to guide to help public and private sector partners work together. Heather Jameson reports on the brainchild of the recently-formed EG Public Sector Forum.


  • Gauging the benefit of productivity plans

    30 April 2024

    At the least the new Government requirement for productivity plans will give a platform for authorities to show to their residents, and central government, all they have achieved through improving their efficiency and effectiveness, says Abdool Kara.


  • On the road to improvement

    22 April 2024

    Northumberland Council’s peer review, following a hard-hitting review of governance, shows the local authority has come a very long way in a short time, says Helen Paterson.


  • Doing things differently

    16 April 2024

    In the face of never-ending pressures councils are continuing to seek out ways to do things differently. But beneath the inevitable positivity is there a negative side to differentiation which could weaken prospects for councils? Paul Marinko reports


  • Reform author pushes back on devo criticisms

    10 April 2024

    The author of a report that proposed devolving NHS England’s £168bn budget and most services to local government has hit back at criticisms.


  • Embracing innovation in leadership recruitment

    03 April 2024

    Ben Parsonage offers some practical strategies for identifying leaders who can help promote innovation and creativity across your organisation.


  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.


  • Choice of a new generation

    20 March 2024

    Now is a pivotal moment for councils to start developing strategies to engage with Generation Z, and in doing so start to rethink the future of local government, says Victoria Evans.


  • Books and beyond

    13 March 2024

    Head of libraries at GLL Rebecca Gediking describes how innovation and adaptation are at the heart of a successful, modern library service.


  • Harnessing 5G’s transformative potential for future-ready digital infrastructures

    07 March 2024

    Cllr Neil Fawcett sets out why Oxfordshire CC jumped at the chance to lead the joint funding bid for the 5G IR (5G Innovation Regions) programme, for the benefit of local government and beyond.


  • Taking a risk-based approach to the switch to digital

    21 February 2024

    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

    06 February 2024

    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

    31 January 2024

    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

    23 January 2024

    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

    22 January 2024

    '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?

    10 January 2024

    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.